Physician pay is increasing in these specialties

Physician pay is increasing in eight specialties, according to Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare's 2022 "Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives."

The report is based on 2,695 physician and advanced practitioner job search engagements conducted from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare are both physician staffing companies hired to look for physicians in these specialties for the last year. 

Here are the eight specialties for which average starting salaries jumped over the past year, ranked by percent increase

  • OB-GYN: 10.3 percent increase — from $291,000 to $321,000
  • Anesthesiology: 9 percent increase — from $367,000 to $400,000
  • Cardiology (Non-invasive): 8.5 percent increase — from $446,000 to $484,000
  • Neurology: 7.3 percent increase — from $332,000 to $356,000
  • Gastroenterology: 4.6 percent increase — $453,000 to $474,000
  • Orthopedic surgery: 3.5 percent increase — from $546,000 to $565,000
  • Urology: 2.6 percent increase — from $497,000 to $510,000
  • Internal medicine: .4 percent increase — from $255,000 to $256,000

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