Monday, August 30, 2010

Average physician salaries according to the Bureau of Labor Services

What does the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services (BLS) report as the average salary of a physician?"In 2008, physicians practicing primary care had total median annual compensation of $186,044, and physicians practicing in medical specialties earned total median annual compensation of $339,738."
Let's look at a few specific specialties, in ascending order:

General Pediatricians $161,410
Psychiatrists $163,660
Family and General Practitioners $168,550
General Internists $183,990
Obstetricians and Gynecologists $204,470
Anesthesiologists $211,750
Surgeons $219,770

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $173,860

These BLS numbers are much lower compared to the salary survey statistics you may find through the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) or the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). For instance, the AMGA reports the average salary for Anesthesiologists as $366,640. So, who's right? I suppose we'll never know.

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