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Psychiatry: Top in Terms of Job Satisfaction
Source: Medscape's Physician Compensation Report: 2012
Psychiatrists earn an average of about $170,000 per year, slightly less than many other specialists, but they are among the top in terms of overall job satisfaction, according to new data collected in Medscape's Physician Compensation Report: 2012 .
The report, released this week, collected responses from February 1-17, 2012, from 24,216 US physicians (8% of whom were psychiatrists) across 25 specialties. According to the survey, physician income declined in general, including for psychiatry, which dropped from $175,000 in last year's survey to $170,000 this year, although the top-earning specialties remained the same as in Medscape's 2011 survey.
In 2012, radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons topped the list at $315,000, followed by cardiologists ($314,000), anesthesiologists ($309,000), and urologists ($309,000). The bottom-earning specialties in the current survey were pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine.
The 2012 survey showed a higher level of discontent among doctors across all specialties; just over one half of all physicians (54%) said they would choose medicine again as a career, which is much less than in the previous year (69%).
However, psychiatrists nearly topped the list in terms of overall satisfaction (56%), second only to dermatologists (64%), and 59% felt they were fairly compensated.
The most discontented were plastic surgeons, with only 41% saying that they were satisfied overall.
Internists (44%) and endocrinologists (45%) also expressed lower levels of satisfaction.
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