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Physicians and Surgeons Salary Information

The salary statistics of physicians and surgeons are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of physicians and surgeons in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physicians and surgeons within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physicians and surgeons annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by BLS in May 2013 [1].

Table 1. Physicians and Surgeons Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
No Data
75th Percentile Wage
No Data
50th Percentile Wage
No Data
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physicians and surgeons. The average annual salary of the 25th percentile is $129,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,240.

Table 2. Average Salary of Physicians and Surgeons vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
General Dentists
Other Specialists Dentists
Dietitians and Nutritionists

Table 3. Physicians and Surgeons Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physicians and surgeons in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for physicians and surgeons occupations is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $184,100. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $81,000).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Federal, State, and Local Government
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Retail Trade
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Wholesale Trade
Educational Services


Highest paying industries for physicians and surgeons.