There may be a certain amount of prestige to be aligned with major teaching hospitals in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, but physicians on the outskirts of medium-size cities are fetching higher pay these days, according to data just released by Doximity, a social network for clinicians. Researchers found salaries to be highest in rural, low-cost areas within medium-sized metropolitan areas. Doctors and advanced practice providers in the Charlotte, NC metro area are making an average of $359,455, across all specialties. Charlotte is followed on the list by Bridgeport, CT ($353,925); Phoenix ($351,677); Milwaukee ($345,831); and Houston ($345,079). At the bottom of the top 50 were Durham, NC, ($267,598); Ann Arbor, MI ($272,398); Baltimore ($281,005); Charleston, SC ($285,933); and Washington, D.C. ($286,242). Female physicians tended to make an average of 26% less than their male counterparts nationwide, with Charlotte have the greatest gender gap ($33%). Doximity’s data are based on surveys of more than 36,000 full-time licensed U.S. physicians who work at least 40 hours a week. The survey relied on data pulled between 2014 and 2017. The researchers selected 50 major metropolitan areas with the most respondents in their data set.
Physicians Make More Money in Rural, Low-Cost Areas