Healthcare is important, and doctor pay reflects that. Physicians make some of the highest salaries in the US.
Now we've got details about how much they can do, thanks to a new, in-depth report from Doximity, the online social networking service for doctors.
Wages range a lot depending on what kind of medicine and doctor practices, with some specialties paying as much as $ 500,000 or $ 600,000 each year, on average.
You might not be surprised to find that many of those top-paid doctors are surgeons, with brain surgeons topping the list. Meanwhile, some of the lowest-paid physicians treat children, families and older individuals.
Doctor salaries usually go up every year, but this year was the first time they started to level out, the report found. Doximity tied this to big-picture changes in how people get healthcare in the US, with fewer doctors owning their own practices and more hospitals buying eachother up and getting even bigger.
Unfortunately, another factor that plays in salary is a doctor's gender. Doximity found that the gap between physicians persists but now seems to be on the decline. The study also identifies the medical specialties where the discrepancy is the largest and the smallest.
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San Francisco, California-based Doximity started in 2011 and claims more than 70% of US doctors as members. The company says it surveyed about 90,000 licensed US doctors who practice full-time for the study.
Here's what we've learned: