What Is the Average Salary for a Physician?


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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay for primary care physicians, as of 2014, was $241,273, while medical specialists' median pay was $411,852. Physicians and surgeons receive the highest salaries of all occupations.

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Other factors that influence a physician's compensation are the number of years of practice, hours worked, skill, professional reputation and geographical region of practice. Anesthesiologists received the highest median wage at $443,859, followed by general surgeons at $395,456 and gynecologists at $317,496. Pediatricians made $226,408, while family doctors received $221,419.

Most physicians and surgeons keep long and irregular work schedules with overnight shifts and travel between the office and hospital to care for their patients. The process to become one is also long and intense, requiring candidates to have high academic competency, pass careful screening and dedicate anywhere from 11 to 15 years of rigorous study and training.

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