The Highest Paid Doctors in the USA: Medical Specialties with the Best Paying Salaries
© Copyright 2018 by Aurelio Locsin.
If you suspect that the money you pay for medical treatment fuels high medical salaries, you are correct. No less an authority than the U.S. Department of Labor marks doctors as having the best salaries in the United States.
This information is further supported by an annual compensation survey administered by Medscape, which more than 20,000 doctors reponded to from over 29 specialties.
The survey lists the following five specialties as the best paying, on average, ranking from lowest to highest. In comparison, primary care practitioners average $223,000 annually, and general surgeons get $322,000 per year.
Radiologists diagnose and treat medical conditions using medical imaging (radiology) techniques and equipment such as X-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomogoraphy (CT), nuclear medicine, and positron emission tomography (PET).
Training typically requires four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, a four-year residency, and a one or two-year specialization fellowship such as in interventional radiology, radiation oncology, or pediatric radiology. They make an average of $401,000 a year.
Gastroenterologists study a subspecialty of internal medicine that concentrates on the digestive track including the stomach, intestines, colon and esophagus. They may treat conditions such as constipation, ulcers, hemorrhoids and cancer. They do not perform surgery, but may perform biopsies or exam internal organs through endoscopes.
They must complete four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, three years of residency in internal medicine. They then continue with an additional two or three years in gastroenterology. They often also study hepatology, which covers the liver, pancreas and biliary tree, which transports bile from the liver to the small intestine. They receive an average salary of $408,000 per year.
- American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
Advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology.
- American Medical Association - Physicians, Medical Students & Patients (AMA)
The American Medical Association (AMA) helps physicians help patients by uniting physicians nationwide and medical students to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
Cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating the heart and its blood vessels, also known as the cardiovascular system. They may recommend specialized tests, medicine, or surgery, in which case, they refer you to a cardiovascular surgeon. They do not themselves perform surgery.
Training involves four years of college, four years of medical school and three years of residency for general internal medicine, followed by three or more years of specialization. They average $423,000 per year.
Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the spine, hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, and extremities. They can use medicine, physical manipulation or surgery to treat medical problems in both adults and children.
Orthopedic surgeons train for four years in undergraduate studies, four years in medical school, one year in general surgery, and four years in orthopedic surgery, with six months devoted to the treatment of children. They make an average of $497,000 per year.
Plastic surgeons reconstruct, repair or replace physical defects in the head and face, musculoskeletal system, skin, and extremities such as hands or breasts. They can effect these repairs to correct congenital problems and accidental trauma, or to improve cosmetic appearance.
Their education encompasses four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and five or seven years of specialty training. They have highest paid average at $501,000 per year.