Medical Career Statistics

Medical Career Statistics
  • There were about 583,000 physicians and surgeons in the U.S. in 2002.
  • Approximately 1 in 6 doctors is self-employed.
  • Almost 1 in 3 physicians worked over 60 hours per week in 2002.
  • Anesthesiologists have the highest average salaries: $306,964 in 2002. Other figures:
    • General surgeons: $255,438
    • Ob/Gyn: $233,061
    • Psychiatrists: $163,144
  • Most new physicians enter group practice or other salaried positions, such as in clinics, hospitals, or jobs with healthcare networks.
  • About half of salaried physicians and surgeons work in office practices, and a quarter are employed by hospitals.
  • Other places to work include government (at all levels), educational services, outpatient care centers, and clinics.
  • Demand for physician services fluctuates with such factors as health plan reimbursement, consumer preferences, and legislation.
  • Self-employed physicians (those that have their own practice) generally make more money than their salaried counterparts.

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