Compensation: Are Physicians Better Off Now Than 6 Years Ago?

Carol Peckham


April 01, 2016

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Do Physicians Feel Fairly Compensated?

Slightly over one half of all physicians (52%) believe that their compensation is fair. Less than one half of women (49%) believe they are fairly paid, compared with 54% of men. Of interest, the percentage of physicians overall who feel fairly compensated has not varied much over the past 5 years (Figure 6).

Figure 6.

Physicians Who Feel Fairly Compensated

As in every year since 2012, among physician groups, those who felt most fairly paid were dermatologists (66%), who are also the third-highest earners this year. Pathologists (63%) and emergency medicine physicians (60%) followed in satisfaction, even though their earnings were toward the middle range among physicians. The least satisfied with compensation are urologists (42%), followed by allergists and endocrinologists (both 43%). There seems to be very little difference among age groups (Figure 7).

Figure 7. Physicians Who Feel Fairly Compensated by Age


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