Internists' Salaries Rise; Surgeons' Continue to Fall

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 5, 2010

The Alpharetta, GA-based physician recruiting firm also provides salary breakdowns by region, years in practice, and gender. Survey respondents are physicians who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Respondent demographics included in the reports include region of practice, board certification, and time frame for making next job change.

In a separate survey released last week, the American Medical Group Association found that 76% of all specialties saw an increasein compensation, with the overall weighted average increase of approximately 3.4%. The primary care specialties' (excluding hospitalists) average compensation increase was about 3.8%. Other medical specialties had on average a 2.4% increase, and surgical specialties had a 3.8% average increase.

The Locum Tenens findings are also in line with those issued in mid-July by Dallas-based physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins, which noted that recruiting was down in 2009-10 for the first time in the 17-year history of the survey, even though there is nothing to suggest that demand has abated.

See also:

Physician Compensation Up for 3 in 4 Specialties

Six steps to a successful physician salary negotiation

AUDIO: Physicians: Reimbursement and Retention



John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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