2018 vs. 2017 Doctor Salaries by Specialty

According to Medscape's 2018 Physician Compensation Report, doctor salaries have been seeing a steady increase over the past few years. The biggest gains are seen in plastic surgery, psychiatry and physical medicine & rehabilitation.

How has your specialty fared? Just as supply-and-demand is calling for more doctors, it's also favoring certain specialties over others.

In this article, we compare doctor salaries by specialty in 2017 vs. 2018. We also created a doctor salary calculator to help you estimate how your salary might change in 2018 based on your specialty.

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Doctor Average Salary Trends and Changes

The mean salary of an physician in the United States across all specialties is $299,000/year according to a Medscape Report.

In the table below, we compare the average 2017 salary by specialty and how that might change in 2018 based on industry trends.

Specialty Average 2017 Salary1 Average % Change2 Estimated 2018 Salary3
Allergy & Immunology $272,000 +6% $288,320
Anesthesiology $386,000 +6% $409,160
Cardiology $423,000 +3% $435,690
Critical Care $354,000 +9% $385,860
Dermatology $392,000 +2% $399,840
Emergency Medicine $350,000 +3% $360,500
Endocrinology $212,000 -4% $203,520
Family Medicine $219,000 +5% $229,950
Gastroenterology $408,000 +4% $424,320
General Surgery $322,000 -9% $293,020
Infectious Disease $231,000 +1% $233,310
Internal Medicine $230,000 +2% $234,600
Nephrology $294,000 +5% $308,700
Neurology $244,000 -2% $239,120
Obstetrics and Gynecology $300,000 +5% $315,000
Oncology $363,000 +10% $399,300
Ophthalmology $357,000 +3% $367,710
Orthopedics $497,000 +2% $506,940
Otolaryngology (ENT) $383,000 -4% $367,680
Pathology $286,000 -2% $280,280
Pediatrics $212,000 +5% $222,600
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation $269,000 +13% $303,970
Plastic Surgery $501,000 +14% $571,140
Psychiatry $273,000 +16% $316,680
Pulmonology $321,000 +3% $330,630
Radiology $401,000 +1% $405,010
Rheumatology $257,000 +9% $280,130
Urology $373,000 -7% $346,890



1. Data from Medscape Physician Compensation Report
2. Data from Medscape Physician Compensation Report
3. Calculation estimation based on data from previous columns.

Doctor Salary Calculator

To help you estimate how your clinical salary might change in 2018, we've put together this calculator below.

Simply choose your specialty and input your salary from 2017 and the calculator will show your estimated salary in 2018 based on industry trends and averages. (Note: may take a few seconds to load.)


Remember, these numbers are purely estimates by industry trends. Your actual salary may vary greatly based on a large number of factors.

As we mentioned in our article on average doctor salaries by specialty, one of the best ways to give your salary a leg up is by working locum tenens jobs.

On average, locum tenens medical professionals can expect to make 30-50% more than a permanent position.

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Good luck!

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