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Physician Belief About Fair Compensation Varies Widely by Specialty

Of physician specialists in the United States, general surgeons are least satisfied with their compensation while dermatologists feel they are most fairly compensated, according to Medscape's 2011 Physician Compensation Survey.

In total, 15,794 U.S. physicians across 22 specialty areas responded to the survey. The following are the top and bottom five physician specialists who think they are fairly compensated:

Top Five:

•    Dermatologists (71 percent)
•    Radiologists (69 percent)
•    Emergency medicine physicians (65 percent)
•    Anesthesiologists (63 percent)
•    Psychiatrists (58 percent)

Bottom Five:

•    General Surgeons (44 percent)
•    Pulmonologists (45 percent)
•    Endocrinologists/diabetes specialists (45 percent)
•    Nephrologists (45 percent)
•    Cardiologists (46 percent)

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