Physicians Report Mixed Movement in Compensation in 2010

Primary and specialty-care physicians reported mixed movement in compensation in the Medical Group Management Association's "Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data," according to an MGMA news release.

Anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists and radiologists reported decreased median compensation from 2009, whereas internists, pediatric/adolescent physicians, psychiatrists, dermatologists, neurologists and general surgeons reported increases.

Below is the median compensation for different specialties and a comparison to 2009 data:

•    Radiologists — $471,253, a decrease of 1.58 percent
•    Internists — $205,379, an increase of 4.21 percent
•    Pediatric/adolescent medicine physicians — $192,148, an increase of .39 percent

Compensation also differs based on geographic location, according to the report. Physicians in the Southern region reported the greatest compensation, at $216,170 for primary care and $404,000 for specialty care. Eastern region physicians reported the lowest earnings at $194,409 for primary care and $305,575 for specialty care.

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