What does compensation for rheumatologists look like these days? Would you choose rheumatology all over again? Here: key highlights from the Medscape Rheumatologist Compensation Report.
More than 19,200 physicians across 27 specialties responded to the 2017 Medscape compensation survey. The responses from rheumatologists have been collated in the Medscape Rheumatologist Compensation Report 2017-click through these slides for the highlights.
Rheumatologists were among the more than 19,200 physicians who responded to the 2017 Medscape compensation survey. The results can be found in the Medscape Rheumatologist Compensation Report 2017, which offers insights about compensation and job satisfaction.
In 2017, orthopedists had the highest average earnings: $489,000. Pediatricians had the lowest: $202,000.
The average annual compensation for rheumatologists was $235,000. This represents an increase of 1% over 2016 earnings.
Rheumatologists who earned the most money practiced in the North Central region of the United States ($290,000); the West, including Alaska and Hawaii ($253,000); and the Northwest ($249,000). Areas with the lowest average annual earnings were the Mid-Atlantic ($217,000), South Central ($215,000), and Southwest ($211,000) regions.
Fewer than half (48%) of rheumatologists said they felt they were fairly compensated.
Among those who were not satisfied with their compensation, most (72%) said they should earn up to 50% more. About 11% said they should earn 75% to 100% more.
About 83% of rheumatologists said they would choose medicine again as a career; this is the highest percentage among physicians.
But when asked about their choice of specialty, only 79% would choose rheumatology again. In contrast, 96% of dermatologists and 95% of orthopedists would select their own specialties again.
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