A shocking bit of news came across my desk just now: almost half of all doctors surveyed say they regret their career choice. Ummmm…. then perhaps you should leave a field where human lives are in your hands? Just a thought. I don’t want to walk into a doctor’s office wondering if he or she actually cares about my health. But the real kicker is, it seems that doctors regret taking the Hippocratic oath because they don’t feel like they get paid enough. The results of the annual survey of physician pay from Medscape/WebMD shows that “just 11% say they consider themselves “rich” — and 45% agree that ‘my income probably qualifies me as rich, but I have so many debts and expenses that I don’t feel rich.’”
So what types of doctors make the most and the least and how much are they paid?
Among the lowest paid:
- Pediatricians: $156,000
- Family medicine doctors: $158,000
- Internal medicine doctors: $165,000
- Diabeticians/endocrinologists: $168,000
- Psychiatrists: $170,000
Among the highest paid:
- Anesthesiologists: $309,000
- Urologists: $309,000
- Cardiologists: $314,000
- Orthopedic surgeons: $315,000
- Radiologists: $315,000
And get this: “Overall, male physicians earn 40% more than female physicians, although that difference is only 23% in primary care. Experts say that the difference is related to choice of specialties and lifestyle preferences that women choose.” Lifestyle preferences, you know, like having kids and being female. Hrmph.