5 Physician Specialties With the Greatest Salary Gains in 2012

Although some hospitals and other healthcare organizations scaled back overall physician recruiting efforts during the recession and now slow economic recovery, there are several high-demand specialties that attracted higher average income offers last year, according to the Merritt Hawkins "2012 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives."

Merritt Hawkins' most recent report covers the salaries, bonuses and other incentives usually used to recruit physicians. Here are the five specialties that showed the greatest salary gains year-over-year. (Note: Salary figures represent the average income offer.)

Otolaryngology
2010-2011: $359,000
2011-2012: $412,000
Difference: 15 percent

Endocrinology
2010-2011: $218,000
2011-2012: $248,000
Difference: 11 percent

Dermatology
2010-2011: $331,000
2011-2012: $364,000
Difference: 10 percent

Neurology
2010-2011: $256,000
2011-2012: $280,000
Difference: 9 percent

Family practice
2010-2011: $178,000
2011-2012: $189,000
Difference: 6 percent

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