What Is a Doctor's Yearly Salary?


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The average median salary of a doctor is $187,200 a year. A physician's salary is greatly affected by his specialty. The salary of a doctor is among the highest of all occupations.

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A doctor's income is also greatly influenced by experience, location, reputation and the number of hours worked. The job of a physician is not easy, as long, irregular hours are typical and many are frequently on call. Some of the highest earning physicians are those that work in anesthesiology and general surgery.

Those interested in becoming a doctor need to complete at least a bachelor's degree to get into medical school. Many applicants have advanced degrees. After medical school, most physicians enter a residency at a hospital or clinic in their field that lasts between three and eight years.

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