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Highest Paid Doctors

Scholasticus K
The study of human anatomy and the practice of medicine has been an astounding discipline mastered by professionals whom we know as doctors. Here is a list of some of the highest paid doctors that will give you an insight into the kind of remuneration they receive.
A surgeon once said, 'a person does not become a doctor, because the pay is good. Rather, passions, curiosity of the human anatomy and a sheer drive to cure, are a combination of reasons as to why a person becomes a doctors. One cannot become a doctor of medicine to earn money...'.
Rightfully so, several doctors would certainly annoyed and some sensitive ones would be furious if their payday is discussed. The income of a doctor depends upon who he or she is treating with his skill, a long built reputation out of sheer hard work and the field in which he or she operates.
There is no one specific discipline in the field of medicine where doctors tend to earn more. However based on analyses, statistics, surveys and studies, by organizations like Merritt Hawkins & Associates, Forbes and government departments, practitioners from some specific disciples of medicine which tend to earn more than the others are discussed here.
As mentioned earlier, there are no specific parameters which would point out the reason of high income. Here is a look at some of the highest paid doctors and the nature of their job.

1. Orthopedic Surgeon

Now on the whole, surgeons tend to earn more than physicians or doctors who do not practice surgery. This is obviously as a result of their immense knowledge and skill.
Reportedly, orthopedic surgeon earn about $526,385 annually on an average. The reason that these surgeons tend to be in such a high demand is that the occurrence of musculoskeletal ailments, is quite frequent. Think about the number of injuries, fractures and physical injuries for example, that take place every day.

2. Anesthesiologist

Administration of anesthesia, pre-procedural and pre-surgery medication is the main job and anesthesiologist. Apart from that monitoring the effect of anesthesia on a patient is also an equally important matter.
An anesthesiologist is required for almost all surgeries and some minor procedures. In the United States, Anesthesiologists earn about $388,300 on an average annually.

3. Cardiac Surgeon

The need of cardiac surgeons is rising as a result of the growing heart ailments, which are invited by the modern and to some extent, wrong lifestyles.
Cardiac surgeons tend to the human heart and perform surgery of the heart. Cardiac surgeons also have quite a deep knowledge of the 'great vessels' and even heart transplants. In some cases, cardiac surgeons are also termed to be Cardiovascular surgeons. Cardiac surgeons earn about $461,000 on an average annually.

4. General Surgeon

A very, very critical branch of medicine, general surgery is a very versatile profession and discipline where surgeons operate within a huge scope, that ranges from minor skin based surgeries, amputations, abdominal surgery, etc. General surgeons are often the tier one surgeons for emergency surgeries.
On the whole these surgeons chiefly tend to operate on torso. The versatility of their skill and knowledge as well as practical application of vast knowledge in any kind of situation, have earned these surgeons a deep respect of medical probationer. General surgeons tend to earn about $336,375 annually.

5. Neurosurgeon

The 'delta force' of medical practitioners, neurosurgeons specialize in the operations and treatment of the brain and the nervous system. Such surgeons tend to have a deep knowledge of the brain and the nervous system.
The very sensitive nature of the surgery requires immense skills from the surgeon. On an average neurosurgeons earn way over $616,824 annually.
Some of the other highly paid doctors include the following ones:
  • Dentists and Orthodontist
  • Urologist
  • Gynecologist
  • Family physician
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
Among the several professions, the profession of practicing medicine is not just respected by the society, but it is also very fulfilling.