Medscape: Self-employed specialists earn 28% more than employed peers

Practice Management

Medscape surveyed more than 19,200 physicians in more than 27 specialties, seeking information about their salaries in their "Physician Compensation Report 2017."

The survey inquired about annual earnings for employed versus self-employed physicians. Of all surveyed physicians, employed physicians earn an average of $269,000 compared to $343,000 for self-employed physicians.


Primary Care

• Employed: $214,000
• Self-employed: $223,000



• Employed: $287,000
• Self-employed: $368,000

While self-employed primary care physicians make 4 percent more than their employed counterparts, self-employed specialists see a significant 28 percent jump in earnings compared to employed specialists.



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