Urologists rank fourth in survey of specialists' salaries

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Urologists tied for fourth in salary in a recent survey of physician specialists.

Urologists tied for fourth in salary in a recent survey of physician specialists.

Physician income has declined in general, although the top-earning specialties have remained the same over the past year and urologist compensation is up 1% since 2010, according to Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report: 2012.

The survey collected responses from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17, 2012, from 24,216 U.S. physicians across 25 specialties. Two percent of respondents were urologists.

In 2012, radiologists and orthopedic 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 physicians 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%). Of urologists, 46% reported overall satisfaction, 40% said they felt they were being compensated fairly, 46% would choose medicine again as a career, and 51% said they would choose the same specialty. When asked whether they considered themselves rich, 11% of urologists said yes.

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