Salary potential influences most residency choices: 10 highest-paid residencies  

Almost all medical residents — 93 percent — say salary potential influenced their specialty choice, at least to some degree, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. 

The survey was conducted in April and May 2019 among nearly 2,300 residents. 

Medscape found less than half of residents (47 percent) feel fairly compensated for their work, largely because of their skill level, the hours they work and the pay of other clinicians. The average resident earns $61,200, according to the survey. Unfortunately for the shortage of primary care physicians, primary care residencies were at the bottom of the pay scale, with family medicine residencies paying the least at $57,400. 

Here are the 10 highest-paid residencies, according to Medscpae: 

  1. Medical geneticists: $67,500
  2. Allergy and immunology: $66,500
  3. HIV/Infectious diseases: $66,500
  4. Surgery, specialized: $65,700
  5. Plastic surgery/aesthetic medicine: $65,600
  6. Cardiology: $65,400
  7. Hematology: $65,400
  8. Critical care: $65,300
  9. Endocrinology: $64,700
  10. Pulmonary medicine: $64,600

 

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