Ortho, radiology top pay scale for physicians

Family practice ranks lowest

Orthopedic surgery, radiology, and urology were among the most highly paid physician specialties during 2000, according to a new survey. Meanwhile, family practice, psychiatry, and pediatrics are at the low end of the pay scale.

According to a study by consulting firm Martin, Fletcher in Irving, TX, average annual salaries for orthopedic surgeons during 2000 were $350,000, and physicians specializing in radiology and urology made $300,000. At the other end of the scale, family practitioners and psychiatrists made $150,000, and pediatricians made $160,00. To see the percent change in total payments by specialty from the 5-year review of work, click here.

Other salary ranges identified in the survey:

Low Average High

Anesthesiology $160,000 $265,000 $350,000
Cardiology 170,000 275,000 500,000
Emergency Medicine 120,000 180,000 220,000
Family Practice 100,000 150,000 180,000
Family Practice
(incl. obstetrics)
130,000 160,000 210,000
General Surgery 150,000 250,000 350,000
Hospitalist 140,000 160,000 200,000
Internal Medicine 140,000 170,000 200,000
Neurology 180,000 200,000 250,000
OB/GYN 170,000 250,000 400,000
Orthopedic Surgery 220,000 350,000 687,000
Pediatrics 120,000 160,000 185,000