Internists' Salaries Rise; Surgeons' Continue to Fall

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 5, 2010

Radiologists and anesthesiologists remain among the best paid physicians, but internists received large pay increases in the past year, according to the 2010 Physician's Salary Survey.

The survey, conducted this spring, received responses from 1,703 physicians and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs).

It found that internists' salaries in 2010 averaged $191,864, a 6.6% increase over the $179,958 average salary in 2009. However, internists' annual salaries remain well below that of subspecialists like radiologists, who reported an average salary of $398,571 in 2010, up 5.1% from the 379,140 average reported in 2009.

The survey also found that anesthesiologists reported an average salary of $362,450 in 2010, up 2% from the $355,264 reported in 2009; psychiatrists' salaries averaged $202,975, up from $201,683 in 2009; surgeons' average salaries fell from $287,520 in 2009, to $284,642 in 2010. Since 2007, surgeons' average salaries have fallen $7,462, or 2.5%, from $292,104 to $284,642, according to the LocumTenens survey.

Certified registered nurse anesthetists also saw their average salaries fall from $178,068 in 2007, to $169,043 in 2009, to $166,833 in 2010, an overall drop in the last four years of $11,235, or 6.3%.

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