Physicians and Surgeons
Median annual wages, May 2019
Physicians and surgeons
This wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year.
Healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
Wages for physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations, with a median wage equal to or greater than $208,000 per year. Median wages showing the differences in pay between types of physicians and surgeons are not available, but mean (average) annual wages for physicians and surgeons in May 2019 were as follows:
Obstetricians and gynecologists 233,610
Family and general practitioners 213,270
Physicians and surgeons, all other 203,450
Internists, general 201,440
Pediatricians, general 184,410
The amount of money a doctor makes varies a lot based on the type or specialty of medicine and where s/he practices. Doctors with very specialized skills, such as radiation oncologists or neurosurgeons make more than family medicine doctors or pediatricians. Doctors who work in research at universities make less than than those in private practice. Thus, there is no one answer, or even meaningful range of salaries that a doctor may make.