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Neurosurgery is highest paid specialty in the US, survey shows

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6988 (Published 16 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6988
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

Neurosurgeons are the highest paid US doctors, but internists and family medicine doctors are the most in demand, according to a new survey.1

In 2018, neurosurgeons reported annual compensation of $616 823 (£462 910, €554 697), followed by thoracic surgeons with $584 287, and orthopaedic surgeons with $526 385 (fig 1).

Fig 1

Top and bottom five US specialties in terms of pay

Other high salary specialties were radiation oncology with $486 089, vascular surgery with $484 740, dermatology with $455 255, cardiology with …

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