5 highest and lowest paying medical specialties

Megan Knowles - Print  | 

Neurosurgeons had the highest average annual salary in 2017 at $662,755, while pedatric infectious disease physicians had the lowest at $191,735 according to Doximity's second annual Physician Compensation Report.

Doximity gathered self-reported compensation survey data from more than 65,000 licensed U.S. physicians who practice at least 40 hours a week. The report explores how compensation changed from 2016-17, evaluating trends across metropolitan areas, medical specialties and gender.

Here are the five medical specialties with the highest average annual salary in 2017.

  1. Neurosurgery — $662,755
  2. Thoracic surgery — $602,745
  3. Orthopedic surgery — $537,568
  4. Vascular surgery — $476,300
  5. Plastic surgery — $473,212

Here are the five medical specialties with the lowest average annual salary in 2017.

  1. Pediatric infectious disease — $191,735
  2. Pediatric hematology and oncology — $208,524
  3. Pediatric endocrinology — $214,911
  4. Pediatrics — $221,900
  5. Preventive medicine — $231,838

To download Doximity's full report, click here.

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