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Doctor Salaries Likely To Fall Again This Year

Health 042312 27Apr12

The annual Physician Compensation Survey Report: 2012 released April 24 found doctor salaries fell last year and are likely to continue this trend in 2012. The survey collected data from over 24,000 physicians in 25 different specialized fields on their project income over the upcoming year.

According to the report, many physicians fear changes in the American health care system will likely cause a decrease in their pay. Judy Aburmishan, a CPA who represents doctors in the Chicago area, said many doctors also fear they could be undercut by large hospital networks.

"Hospitals are buying up private practices both in primary care and the specialties. The heavy-handed message they send out is that if you don't join us, you won't survive," Aburmishan told medscape.com.

Differences in physician pay also varied greatly across specialty. Specialists like radiologists and orthopedic surgeons had the highest average salaries, pulling in about $350,00 a year. On the other end of the spectrum, primary care doctors, pediatricians and psychiatrists make the least, around $150,000-170,000 annually.

Women also make less than their male peers. A male specialist pulls in an average of $225,000 a year while a female specialist makes $65,000 less per year.

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