Crunching the numbers

The 10 U.S. cities with the highest- and lowest-paid doctors in 2018

Across the country, physician wages vary dramatically and don’t always align with a city’s cost of living, a new Doximity report finds.

A rise in hospital mergers and acquisitions along with a decline in physician-owned practices is likely starting to affect physician wages, notes Doximity in a new report on physician compensation. To produce the report, Doximity surveyed nearly 90,000 licensed U.S. doctors.

Previous Doximity studies have seen steady annual increases in physician pay, but this year’s numbers suggest doctor compensation is starting to plateau.

However, wages vary dramatically in different locations. Physicians tend to earn less in cities with more academic institutions and well-known academic health systems because these areas train more doctors who then compete for a set number of jobs, Doximity found.

Here are the 10 cities with the highest- and lowest-paid doctors in 2018.

Top 10 cities with the highest compensation for physicians in 2018

1. Milwaukee — $395,363

2. New Orleans — $384,651

3. Riverside, California — $371,296

4. Minneapolis — $369,889

5. Charlotte, North Carolina — $368,205

6. Dallas — $362,472

7. Atlanta — $362,267

8. Los Angeles — $356,390

9. Cincinnati — $354,129

10. Hartford, Connecticut — $352,129

Top 10 cities with the lowest compensation for physicians in 2018

1. Durham, North Carolina — $266,180

2. Providence, Rhode Island — $267,013

3. San Antonio — $276,224

4. Virginia Beach, Virginia — $294,491

5. New Haven, Connecticut — $295,554

6. Las Vegas — $297,776

7. Austin, Texas — $299,297

8. Denver — $303,454

9. Washington, D.C. — $305,216

10. Boston — $305,634

To learn more, see Doximity’s full report.

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  1. Adil Manzoor

    Surprised, New Jersey isn’t included in this report. It’s one of the lowest paying states, especially for Primary Care Physicians.

    1. Jean Golden-Tevald, DO

      Agreed, I have been in primary care in NJ in private practice and never made over $110K. Love the work, the “average salaries” always blew my mind!

  2. Joerg Leheste

    Why is it always only about money? A living wage is important – I would never argue that. However, where is the patient in this who lives in an area where compensation is low? I am disappointed by those articles as I would expect them in a financial investment piece.

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