Top 10 Highest-Paying Medical Jobs

Medical Jobs There's a reason parents dream their kids will grow up to be doctors -- the profession consistently tops "highest paid" lists, medically geared or not, in addition to being relatively recession-proof as health care is always a necessity.

Doctors are at the heart of the health care system, and as such they dominate our list of the top 10 highest paying medical jobs. Salaries vary widely based on location, years of experience, and other factors -- but when it comes to maximum earning potential,* not all specialties are created equal.

1. Surgeon

Salary: $71,462-$516,641

Surgeons specialize in operating on patients in order to cure, repair, or remove disease or injury. Because the human body is so complex surgeons often specialize and become an expert on specific body parts or regions. Cardiac and neurosurgeons are the highest paid of all surgeon specialties, followed closely by oral surgeons and then trauma and general surgeons.

2. Anesthesiologist

Salary: $99,156-$362,422

Anesthesiologists are doctors who specialize in the pain management of surgical patients. They examine patients and determine what type and how much anesthesia to administer, as well as actually administering the anesthesia, monitoring its efficacy, and making adjustments as needed during surgical procedures.

3. Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Salary: $60,281-$271,033

Obstetricians specialize in women's health, specifically the treatment and diagnosis of issues related to the female reproductive system. Gynecologists focus even more tightly on pregnancy and childbirth. The professions often overlap and OB/GYNs can choose to specialize in areas such as fertility, cancer, or primary care.

4. Orthodontist

Salary: $57,812-$244,408

Orthodontists are specialized dentists focusing on the prevention and treatment of irregularities in the teeth, jaw relationships, and facial structure around the mouth. They're responsible for prescribing and applying braces, retainers, and other corrective medical devices as well as performing cosmetic treatments to enhance physical appearance, such as closing unsightly gaps between teeth.

5. Psychiatrist

Salary: $87,329-$259,117

Psychiatrists study, diagnose and treat disorders, illness, and abnormalities of the mind with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. They can practice generally or specialize in areas such as child psychiatry, substance abuse, or social/development disorders.

6. Prosthodontist

Salary: $52.072-$226,662

Another dental specialty, prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and repair of missing or damaged teeth as well as other oral structures related to the jaw and mouth, usually as a means of preserving or repairing a person's appearance, comfort, health, and/or function. Prosthodontists are experts with crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, and even surgical implants and reconstructions.

7. Internist, general

Salary: $96,045-$218,524

Internists focus on the non-surgical treatment of disorders and diseases of the internal organs. They usually focus on adults only and often provide long term, comprehensive care to patients and deal with both acute and chronic illnesses as well as overlapping and coexistent diseases.

8. Podiatrist

Salary: $71,358-$203,627

Podiatrists are doctors with expertise in treating disorders and diseases of the foot, ankle, and lower leg including arch problems, injuries, corns and callouses, and diseases that affect the foot such as diabetes. Podiatrists can specialize even further and focus on areas such as orthopedics, surgery, or primary care.

9. Dentist (general)

Salary: $69,896-$201,262

Dentists are doctors that focus on the treatment of all things within the oral cavity, most commonly the teeth and tissues surrounding the teeth. The field is broken down into many specialties; general dentists treat patients of all ages and in addition to treating existing issues focus heavily on patient teaching regarding preventive measures like oral hygiene and diet.

10. Family and General Practitioner

Salary: $86,577-$186,991

Family and general practitioners are what most people think of when they hear the term "doctor," as they are often the first doctor patients see within the health care system. They provide comprehensive care to people of all ages and are able to treat a wide variety of disorders and injuries affecting all parts of the body, although they refer patients with very complex or serious conditions to appropriate specialists.

*All salary data current as of April 2011 and courtesy of

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I am an MBBS and passed Diploma Dermatology from Australian Institute Of Dermatology and MD (derm.) and having 15 yrs.experience in good health.want a job as senior dermatologist.

January 18 2014 at 3:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

here is another list of top medical jobs

December 02 2013 at 4:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article is very informative. There are certain hospital occupations and services they do not disclose to the public. I've found an excellent article that disclosed this information.

November 08 2013 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mercy Oluwafemi

what about Emergency doctors...where do the fall on this scale?

March 26 2013 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this list is extremely invalid. there are surgeons that can make over 2 million a year. this list is missing gastroenterologists, demonologists, and radiologists; these specialists can make over a half a million a year. this list also doesn't take into consideration private practice medical doctors. my father is a gastroenterologist in a private practice medical group. he makes 650, 000 dollars a year! internists, family practitioners, podiatrists, psychiatrists,and prosthodontists should definitely not be o this list.
this is the real "Top 10 Highest Paid Doctors" list:

1. Orthopedic Surgeons
2. Plastic Surgeons
3. Cardiothoracic Surgeons
4. Neurosurgeons
5. Vascular Surgeons
6. Opthamologists
7. Dermatologists
8. Gastroenterologists
9. Radiologists
10. OBGYNs

January 05 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

there are may jobs that are not filled in the medical feild... apperently you have no idea what your talking about there were over a million jod openings in the medical field that need to be filled. were falling behind on all types of doctors. and just the generl orthapedic. (exucse my spelling)nurses exseceialy are suffering. once all of the baby boomers retire there:ll be some 2 million nurseing jobs that need to be filled. so no keep going to school in the medical field. we need more people in it.

February 17 2012 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We need more General Practitioners actually. I was recently appauled with how long I had to wait to get an appointment for a sore throat. It was something like three weeks. When call in and my boss expects a doctor's note I have to tell him that he'll get it when I do. They tell me if it's bad call 911 of go to the ER. This is rediculous. The patient loads on GP's have gotten out of hand and too many medical students that are making it through are specializing in fields such as psychiatry and pediatrics because that is where the $$$$$$$ at.

April 30 2011 at 6:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Brian's comment

Now needing more General Docs I will agree with. There are too many specialists trying to make the cash and not enough basic docs to see on a normal basis.

April 30 2011 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree that we need more general practitioners, but until the cost of education for us going into medicine ever becomes reasonable, specializing is probably the smarter way to go. That is sad to say but a lot of us wanting to go into general practice are scared that we may end up never paying of schools loans which can be in excess of 300K along with undergraduate loans. Being a physician is a lot more than just wanting to care for patients, its a business and that is something that can not be ignored. So until general practice docs start making specialty pay or have some sort of additional incentives, this field will not be growing much if at all.

quote from :samuelfeintech

"Wow, I never realized how many poorly informed people there were out there. People really don't seem to be aware of how much money it takes to get into medicine. Following 4 years of undergraduate studies which can range in cost of 80k-200k+ they have medical school which you can add another 200k. Plus all of the additional costs of certification that KEMPT114 mentioned.
With malpractice insurance sometimes costing upwards towards 175-200k its no wonder there is such a charge for doctors services and for them to have such a high pay.
With some doctors coming out of medical school with around 400k dollars worth of debt (think of all the interest that will pile on up as the years pass) in addition to the cost of malpractice they dont have it as easy as people think. When you think about the kind of work they are doing, certain docs work in a very high stress environment all the time, many docs are on call 24/7 and have horrible hours for years on end until they are well established and even then their hours can be rough. Soooo, when you say they are blood suckers, dishonest, hoodwinkers or whatever think about how little time they can spend with family on top of all their work and education. Not too easy."

May 05 2012 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please stop sending every frikkin kid to college to be a doctor....There are already to many grads and not enough jobs that the medical profession has to keep creating sub specialties to keep people working. FFS Orthopedics alone is split up into so many subs that there is a doctor for every single bone in the body now. You have to visit and pay out the nose to numerous docs like this these days and its insane.

April 30 2011 at 1:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ripper's comment

Just you wait until Omamma care takes over please keep sending your kids to school to become Doctors don't listen to this whaco, no one doctor is going to be working after Omamma care takes over.

April 30 2011 at 2:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mangelr's comment

You really think Obama is going to change anything and I am not a damn whacko, learn how to spell first before you post and want to insult people, I know from experience. I am disabled and have no frikkin insurance because of no one giving pre existing insurance. Which means I would have to pay tens of thosands a month to numerous doctors just for my spine/hip/ and knees. Instead of one Orthopedic doctor that would know my conditions and want to help. But NOOO!!!! It isn't about wanting to help people anymore it is all about the mighty dollar signs, so these prick doctors can go play golf and ride around in 100k cars at my expense FFS....END OF STORY.

April 30 2011 at 4:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

I ran into a couple who were newly made doctors that got their degrees in central america today. They were complete 20 something year old idiots whithout a clue as to how things work but they did not care because they were convinced that in NY they could make millions. God help us if we allow these type of people to work on us.

April 30 2011 at 1:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jay's comment

Why not they are working on their own people in the USA these days.

April 30 2011 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is utter nonsense. Money is much more easily made elsewhere. Be a plumber start at age 18 be a journeyman by age 22 have a strong six figure income for 30 years and retire when you are 50. The last reason to go to medical school is to make money. The people who put this piece (of @#*%) together show zero insight and demonstrate why "journalism" should not be regarded as a profession.

April 30 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to m2abare's comment

Well said Bare !

April 30 2011 at 2:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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