3 highest and lowest earning physician specialties

Not surprisingly, a compensation gap remains between specialists and primary care physicians, as well as among specialists, according to Medscape's 2015 Physician Compensation Report.

Specialists earn $284,000 annually, while primary care physicians have an average annual income of $195,000.

While specialists continue to earn more than their primary care colleagues, some specialists earn more than others.

Listed below are a few highlights from to report, which includes responses from more than 19,500 physicians across 26 specialties.

The three specialties with the highest average patient care incomes are:

  • Orthopedists — $421,000
  • Cardiologists — $376,000
  • Gastroenterologists — $370,000

The three lowest-earning specialties are:

  • Pediatricians — $189,000
  • Family medicine— $195,000
  • Endocrinologists and internists — both at $196,000

Only two physician specialties experienced a decrease in income in 2015; rheumatologists (4 percent decrease) and urologists (1 percent decrease).



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