Rheumatology Network StaffMay 4, 2018Physician CompensationRheumatic Diseases Rheumatologists were among the more than 20,000 physicians who responded to the 2018 Medscape compensation survey. The results can be found in the Medscape Rheumatologist Compensation Report 2018, which offers insights about compensation and job satisfaction.(Image credit: ©Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com) In 2018, plastic surgeons had the highest average earnings: $501,000. Public health and preventive medicine specialists had the lowest: $199,000.The average annual compensation for rheumatologists was $257,000. This represents an increase of 9% over 2017 earnings.(Image credit: ©focal point/Shutterstock.com) Male rheumatologists earned an average of $24,000 more than their female counterparts: $267,000 for men as compared with $243,000 for women.(Image credit: ©Gearstd/Shutterstock.com) Most rheumatologists (63%) said they felt they were fairly compensated.Among those who were not satisfied with their compensation, more than half (56%) said they should earn up to 25% more.(Image credit: ©Nataliia K/Shutterstock.com) About 82% of rheumatologists said they would choose medicine again as a career; this is one of the highest percentages among physicians.But when asked about their choice of specialty, only 72% would choose rheumatology again. This is one of the lowest percentages among physicians. In contrast, 98% of orthopedists and 97% of plastic surgeons would select their own specialties again.(Image credit: ©Dean Drobot/Shutterstock.com) More than 20,000 physicians across 29 specialties responded to the 2018 Medscape compensation survey. The responses from rheumatologists have been collated in the Medscape Rheumatologist Compensation Report 2018—scroll through these slides for the highlights.