The duties of physicians and surgeons involve obtaining a patient's medical history, updating records based on treatment results and findings, ordering diagnostic tests and exams, and creating appropriate treatment plans, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of December 2015, the median salary of internal medicine specialists is $174,863, while the median salary of family physicians is $164,401, reports PayScale. General practitioners earn $143,470 on average, whereas emergency room doctors earn an average salary of $209,789.
Other duties of physicians and surgeons include reviewing test results, answering queries of patients regarding their health conditions, and advising patients about proper diet, hygiene and lifestyle changes, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surgeons perform operations and procedures to treat ailments, injuries and deformities.
Anesthesiologists specialize in caring for surgical patients and providing pain relief, while family doctors deal with a variety of common conditions, such as broken bones and respiratory illnesses, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. General internists specialize in conditions affecting the internal organs. General pediatricians treat children and teenagers, and they also administer vaccinations. Other types of doctors include obstetricians, gynecologists, psychiatrists, allergists and cardiologists.
Radiologists averagely earn $286,915 each year, while neurologists earn $199,250 on average, according to PayScale. The median salary of oncologists is $239,549. Doctors with more than 20 years' experience earn the highest salaries, averaging $203,256.