Starting salaries offered to top 20 recruited medical specialties

Invasive cardiologists are offered the highest average starting salaries of specialties tracked in Merritt Hawkins' 2018 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives report.

Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruiting firm, tracked starting salaries and recruiting trends of 3,045 physician and advanced practitioners.

The report reflects the incentives the providers are offered, not what they may actually earn.

The average income offered to the top 20 recruited specialties for 2017-18 (includes base salary or guaranteed income only. Does not include bonuses or benefits):

1. Family medicine: $241,000
2. Psychiatry: $261,000
3. Nurse practitioner: $129,000
4. Internal medicine: $261,000
5. Radiology: $371,000
6. OB-GYN: $324,000
7. Hospitalist: $269,000
8. Gastroenterology: $487,000
9. Urgent care: $234,000
10. Orthopedic surgery: $533,000
11. Emergency medicine: $358,000
12. Dermatology: $425,000
13. Pediatrics: $230,000
14. Cardiology (noninvasive): $427,000
15. Cardiology (invasive): $590,000
16. Neurology: $301,000
17. Otolaryngology: $405,000
18. Urology: $386,000
19. Pulmonology: $418,000
20. Anesthesiology: $371,000

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