Average Income for Jobs in Medicine

By Joseph Boyle , last updated January 10, 2012

There are numerous reasons why so many parents want their children to grow up to become doctors, and financial security is one of them. On average, doctors tend to do quite well when it comes to keeping their wallets full. If you, or someone you know, are considering entering the field of medicine, then keep on reading. Below you will find information on a few different positions in the field of medicine and their corresponding average salaries.


On the whole, anesthesiologists are responsible for maintaining the stability of a patient during and immediately after surgery. They are also responsible for providing pain relief post-surgery. The anesthesiologist’s role is to determine the risk level of a patient prior to surgical procedures and to maintain the patient’s condition at an optimal level before, during and after the procedure. There are a few possible subspecialties in which an anesthesiologist can be trained, including: critical care medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and pain medicine. The yearly salary of an average anesthesiologist runs from $331,000 to $423,507.2.

General Surgery

General surgeons are extensively trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of possible medical disorders, including hernias, breast tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, colon inflammation, and colon cancer. As the title implies, those trained in general surgery must maintain expertise and knowledge in numerous areas of the human body, this means being aware of diseases and disorders that might affect anywhere within the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels. General surgeons may elect to receive subspecialty training in a number of areas, such as hand surgery, surgical critical care, hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric surgery, and vascular surgery. In a given year, a general surgeon may make anywhere from $284,642 to $383,333.2 on average.

Family Medicine

A physician trained in family medicine must have knowledge of a vast variety of possible illnesses across a wide range of ages, from children to the elderly, as well as women’s health and maternity care. As the title implies, they are responsible for treating entire families and individuals. The role of a doctor trained in family medicine is to diagnose general and common problems, and to send patients to more specialized physicians under the proper circumstances. As for subspecialties, a family physician may be trained in: Adolescent Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The average salary of a family physician might run anywhere between $175,000 and $220,196.2.


Psychiatrists are trained in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of a number of mental disorders, as well as addition, and emotional disorders, and matters of the mind. Psychiatrists are responsible for treating the whole individual, using knowledge of biology, psychology, and social components of possible diseases. There are numerous specialties that a psychiatrist may choose from. It is the role of the psychiatrist to evaluate, diagnose, order necessary testing procedures, and to treat and prescribe medication for disorders. The average salary ranges from $173,800 to $248,198.2.

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