19 Highest Paying Jobs for Doctors

Are you planning to go to medical school but you do not know what residency program to pursue? This list of the 19 highest paying jobs for doctors might help you decide, financially-speaking. As a medical student myself, I have always been told that if you want to be a doctor, make sure you are in it not for the money but because you want to help others as well. As the years went by, I realized that being a doctor is HARD. And I mean really hard. You always lack sleep, you get shouted at not only by your seniors but also by your patients, and you are overworked. If I had the chance, I would probably relocate to one of the 18 highest paying cities for doctors, where at least pay is higher and doctors compensated better.

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However, being a doctor is not only a mean to put food on the table. You think of all the opportunities this profession can bring you. You think about the rewarding part, which is not only the fulfillment you get helping others, but also the money that you earn. The nice thing about medicine is that the more work you put in, the better the compensation. That is why if you read about the highest paying jobs for doctors, many of the specialties and sub-specialties listed are surgical programs.

Insider Money came up with its own unique ranking to identify the 19 highest paying jobs for doctors. We scoured the internet and found credible sources, namely Forbes, Medscape and MerrittHawkins. The information provided by these websites was supplemented by searching for specific salaries on Doximity and 1Salary. The sources above usually have different annual averages for each residency program, which we averaged and this was used to determine each program’s ranking in our list.

As a doctor, my advice to everyone who dream to be doctors: Make sure you REALLY want to be doctors. You will be in it for the long haul, you will be overworked, you will be drained physically, emotionally, mentally and psychologically. But at the end of the day, if you love what you are doing, then everything won’t matter, except maybe your paycheck!

We present to you the 19 highest paying jobs for doctors. Enjoy!