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The top 10 highest paying medical specialties in 2019

Neurosurgery and thoracic surgery were the highest paying medical specialties in 2019, according to a new physician employment report from Doximity.

Neurosurgery and thoracic surgery were the highest paying medical specialties in 2019, with average salaries north of $550,000, according to a new physician employment report from Doximity.

Orthopedic surgery, radiation oncology and vascular surgery rounded out the top five.

The report’s salary information comes from Doximity’s compensation survey, which roughly 70,000 full-time physicians who practiced at least 40 hours a week in 2018 and 2019 completed.

The following are the top ten highest paid specialties in 2019, according to Doximity.

Highest paying medical specialties in 2019
Rank Specialty Average compensation
1 Neurosurgery $616,823
2 Thoracic surgery $584,287
3 Orthopedic surgery $526,385
4 Radiation oncology $486,089
5 Vascular surgery $484,740
6 Dermatology $455,255
7 Cardiology $453,515
8 Plastic surgery $433,060
9 Gastroenterology $431,767
10 Radiology $428,572

Read the full report here.

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