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29 statistics on annual physician compensation by specialty

The average overall physician salary is $299,000, including primary care and specialties, with plastic surgeons earning the highest average annual compensation at $501,000, according to Medscape's annual Physician Compensation Report.

In an online survey, Medscape gathered data from more than 20,000 U.S. physicians across 29 specialties to assess compensation, hours worked, time spent with patients and more. Respondents were required to be currently practicing physicians in the U.S.

Here are 29 statistics on annual physician compensation by specialty.

1. Plastic surgery: $501,000
2. Orthopedics: $497,000
3. Cardiology: $423,000
4. Gastroenterology: $408,000
5. Radiology: $401,000
6. Dermatology: $392,000
7. Anesthesiology: $386,000
8. Otolaryngology: $383,000
9. Urology: $373,000
10. Oncology: $363,000
11. Ophthalmology: $357,000
12. Critical care: $354,000
13. Emergency medicine: $350,000
14. Surgery, general: $322,000
15. Pulmonary medicine: $321,000
16. OB-GYN: $300,000
17. Nephrology: $294,000
18. Pathology: $286,000
19. Psychiatry: $273,000
20. Allergy and immunology: $272,000
21. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: $269,000
22. Rheumatology: $257,000
23. Neurology: $244,000
24. Infectious diseases: $231,000
25. Internal medicine: $230,000
26. Family medicine: $219,000
27. Diabetes and endocrinology: $212,000
28. Pediatrics: $212,000
29. Public health and preventive medicine: $199,000

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