How much does a Doctor make in the United States?

Average Doctor Yearly Salary in the United States

Doctors earn an average yearly salary of $141,402. Salaries typically start from $27,000 and go up to $250,000.

Average Doctor Hourly Wage in the United States

Doctors earn an average hourly wage of $67.98. Hourly wages typically start from $12.98 and go up to $120.19.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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After graduating from residency, doctors have the option to go on for advanced specialty training, but in some specialties, they can go right to work. This group includes primary care physicians such as pediatricians, internists and family practitioners, as well as general surgeons, anesthesiologists and obstetrician / gynecologists. Starting salaries vary for these specialties.

With a base pay offer of $189,000 a year, on average, family practitioners and pediatricians are offered the lowest pay of all physicians, according to the medical search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates’ 2012 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives. An orthopedic surgeon, in comparison, earns $519,000. Doctors who go on to specialize make a considerable amount more. Cardiologists are high on the list, being guaranteed an average base salary of $512,000, according to the Merritt Hawkins data. The third highest-paying specialty is in Urology, with these physicians earning an average of $461,000, not including production bonuses or benefits.

Here are Doximity's (a social network for physicians) average U.S. Physician Salaries by specialty:

Allergy and Immunology - $296,705
Anesthesiology - $357,116
Cardiology- $436,849
Colon and Rectal Surgery - $343,277
Dermatology - $400,898
Emergency Medicine - $320,419
Endocrinology - $217,610
Family Medicine - $227,541
Gastroenterology - $379,460
General Surgery - $360,933
Hematology - $376,660
Infectious Disease - $205,570
Internal Medicine - $223,175
Medical Genetics - $158,597
Medicine/Pediatrics - $205,610
Neonatology/Perinatology - $290,853
Nephrology - $306,302
Neurology - $243,105
Neurosurgery - $609,639
Nuclear Medicine - $290,639
Obstetrics & Gynecology - $315,295
Occupational Medicine - $229,450
Oncology - $341,701
Ophthalmology - $343,144
Orthopaedic Surgery - $535,668
Otolaryngology (ENT) - $369,790
Pathology - $302,610
Pediatric Cardiology - $303,917
Pediatric Emergency Medicine - $273,683
Pediatric Endocrinology - $157,394
Pediatric Gastroenterology - $196,708
Pediatric Hematology & Oncology - $192,855
Pediatric Infectious Disease - $163,658
Pediatric Nephrology - $183,730
Pediatric Pulmonology - $218,106
Pediatric Rheumatology - $200,027
Pediatrics - $206,961
Physical Medicine/Rehab - $278,283
Plastic Surgery - $407,709
Preventive Medicine - $270,888
Psychiatry - $227,478
Pulmonology - $317,323
Radiation Oncology - $418,228
Radiology - $404,302
Rheumatology - $244,765
Thoracic Surgery - $471,137
Urology - $381,029
Vascular Surgery - $428,944

Note: Certain regions of the country may have to pay more to attract doctors, so physician salaries often reflect the level of competition more than the cost of living. Doctors in rural areas also tend to earn more.

Employment Type Mix

84%
Full-Time
16%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Doctor demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.5
SCORE
1128
RATINGS
Doctors average a score of 3.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Doctors in the 90th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Doctor satisfaction

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Doctor Earnings by Seniority

Top End Doctor Earnings

The highest earning Doctors in the United States earn:

$120.19
an hour
$250,000
per year
Senior Doctor Earnings

Senior Doctors in the United States earn:

$108.77
an hour
$226,250
per year
Experienced Doctor Earnings

Experienced Doctors in the United States earn:

$62.98
an hour
$131,000
per year
Junior Doctor Earnings

Junior Doctors in the United States earn:

$26.32
an hour
$54,750
per year
Starting Doctor Earnings

Starting Doctors in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Doctor Salary Comparison

Doctors earn more than 17% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Psychiatrist Salary $200k
Hospitalist Salary $194k
Pediatrician Salary $184k
Dentist Salary $172k
Podiatrist Salary $144k
Doctor Salary $141k
Veterinarian Salary $100k
Naturopathic Physician Salary $84k
Chiropractor Salary $80k
Coroner Salary $70k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Doctor salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Doctor Salary in California $70.73 $147,117.4 # 1
Doctor Salary in Texas $68.75 $142,993.8 # 2
Doctor Salary in United States $67.98 $141,401.8 # 3
Doctor Salary in New York $66.44 $138,200 # 4
Doctor Salary in Florida $45.48 $94,600 # 5