Salary for self-employed physicians, specialists & more — 4 insights

Male specialists and self-employed specialists receive higher compensation than their peers, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report 2019."

Medscape surveyed 19,328 respondents across 30-plus specialties. Four insights:

1. Self-employed physicians continue earning more than employed physicians:

Self-employed: $359,000 annual salary
Employed: $289,000 annual salary

2. Male specialists earned 33 percent more than female specialists, down slightly from 36 percent in 2018:

Male specialists: $372,000 annual salary
Female specialists: $280,000 annual salary

3. Male specialists spend about 9 percent more time seeing patients than their female peers:

Male specialists: 40 hours per week
Female specialists: 37 hours per week

4. Women may spend slightly more time on paperwork and administrative work each week:

Male specialists: 15 hours per week
Female specialists: 16 hours per week

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