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Highest-paying states for doctors

  • Highest-paying states for doctors

    The work of doctors and medical professionals is highly important at this moment. Physicians have long been perceived as having well-paying jobs, but the amount they receive varies by state (and some have begun arguing that doctors and other essential workers should receive hazard pay for their work through the coronavirus pandemic).

    Stacker used 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank which states are the highest-paying for different types of doctors. The states are ranked by the general internal medicine physician average salary, and ties are broken by the family medicine physician average salary. For any statistics that are not listed, the BLS did not release the wage or employment data, as medical professions are hard to consistently track on a national level.

    COVID-19 statistics come from The COVID Tracking Project, which publishes up-to-date testing data (latest data and data release date: May 22, 2020). All of the information, updated daily by 5 p.m. EST, comes from state, district, and territory public health authorities, official press releases, trusted news reporting, and (infrequently) tweets or Facebook posts from state public health authorities or governors.

    The slides include how each state’s doctors have been operating over the past few months. Rural doctors' offices and hospitals are being hit particularly hard, while many medical schools graduated students early to send them into the field to fight this coronavirus. Younger students are helping make personal protective equipment (PPE) or chipping in by babysitting and running errands for doctors who are working round the clock.

    Many states stopped elective procedures during lockdown, which had a damaging effect on the health care industry—particularly hospitals that rely on income from performing surgeries and regular patient visits. No matter the circumstances, each state’s doctors and health care workers are toiling to protect the public. See how doctors in your state are pushing through, and how much they earn.

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  • #51. Georgia

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $95,690 (Employment: -)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $205,960 (Employment: 2,260)
    - All other physician average salary: $236,530 (Employment: 11,040)
    - Surgeon average salary: $247,390 (Employment: -)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $156,320 (Employment: 640)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $221,380 (Employment: 610)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 40,405
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: 7,235

    Many doctors in the state are facing financial trouble because of a reduction in patients. The counties around Atlanta have seen the highest tally of cases, but rural Georgia doctors worry about the danger from the state’s reopening.

  • #50. West Virginia

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $146,840 (Employment: -)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $169,340 (Employment: 280)
    - All other physician average salary: $207,040 (Employment: 2,230)
    - Surgeon average salary: $250,940 (Employment: -)
    - Pediatrician average salary: data not available
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $267,200 (Employment: 170)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 1,593
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: data not available

    West Virginia opened outpatient healthcare on April 30. Elective surgeries in hospitals were authorized earlier in the month. Elsewhere in the state, university doctors have come together to make “digital PPE.”

  • #49. Arkansas

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $146,900 (Employment: 130)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $218,870 (Employment: 1,310)
    - All other physician average salary: $174,440 (Employment: 3,170)
    - Surgeon average salary: $248,380 (Employment: 170)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $201,280 (Employment: 100)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $241,710 (Employment: -)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 5,458
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: 535

    Some Arkansas hospitals are restricting elective procedures, but some residents believe those measures were too late in stopping COVID-19-related deaths when the coronavirus first reached the state. To help spread vital information about coronavirus, doctors are joining professors at the University of Arkansas to teach online forums.

  • #48. Texas

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $160,180 (Employment: 4,520)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $222,900 (Employment: 8,380)
    - All other physician average salary: $200,590 (Employment: 23,490)
    - Surgeon average salary: $237,240 (Employment: 3,480)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $186,410 (Employment: 2,250)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $241,090 (Employment: 2,550)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 51,323
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: data not available

    Some Texas doctors voiced their opinion that the state is far behind where it needs to be in coronavirus testing. Others have questioned the efficacy of swab tests, while the state still reopened in early May. As in-patient visits dropped in Texas, doctors began to worry about the future of their practices.

  • #47. Washington D.C.

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $165,080 (Employment: 1,500)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $172,380 (Employment: -)
    - All other physician average salary: $182,120 (Employment: 1,990)
    - Surgeon average salary: $242,640 (Employment: 330)
    - Pediatrician average salary: data not available
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: - (Employment: 180)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 7,788
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: data not available

    In early April, doctors in the D.C. area, seeing the overcrowding of hospitals in New York, began warning physicians of what to expect when COVID-19 cases rose in number near the nation’s capital. As citizens search for testing, some doctors in Washington D.C. are confronting the trouble by offering antibody tests, but having to charge expensive prices for them. Reproductive health clinics are still open for service.

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  • #46. Michigan

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $171,210 (Employment: 2,290)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $207,330 (Employment: 3,270)
    - All other physician average salary: $168,190 (Employment: 15,810)
    - Surgeon average salary: $228,660 (Employment: 1,670)
    - Pediatrician average salary: - (Employment: 1,150)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $234,970 (Employment: 990)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 53,510
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: data not available

    Michigan doctors looking to find a coronavirus treatment are split on possible remedies. Meanwhile, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association is still urging patients to seek critical care if needed during the pandemic. Some doctors in the state are holding visits online.

  • #45. Rhode Island

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $171,280 (Employment: -)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $237,600 (Employment: -)
    - All other physician average salary: $205,090 (Employment: 2,810)
    - Surgeon average salary: $278,020 (Employment: -)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $200,300 (Employment: 250)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: data not available
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 13,571
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: 1,506

    Throughout the pandemic, Rhode Island residents could still visit some dentists' and doctors' offices with proper precautions. But some physicians worry that a drop in emergency room visits might mean some sick people were not getting treated for serious conditions—perhaps due to fear of contracting the coronavirus. Elsewhere in the state, there were signs of positivity, as two doctors took a break from serving patients to get married.

  • #44. Idaho

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $173,190 (Employment: 120)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $227,160 (Employment: 830)
    - All other physician average salary: $234,390 (Employment: -)
    - Surgeon average salary: $250,670 (Employment: 190)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $181,210 (Employment: 80)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $267,700 (Employment: -)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 2,506
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: 221

    Idaho physicians whose businesses were struggling collaborated to send a letter to the governor asking for aid. There are mixed opinions among state doctors about the phased reopening, while some administrators are seeking ways to provide access to mental health resources for doctors helping with coronavirus patients.

  • #43. New York

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $188,370 (Employment: -)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $194,070 (Employment: -)
    - All other physician average salary: $179,110 (Employment: 38,380)
    - Surgeon average salary: $230,890 (Employment: -)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $168,800 (Employment: -)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $212,730 (Employment: 1,540)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 356,458
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: 76,608

    Scores of health care workers came to New York as the state’s hospitals, particularly in New York City, became overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. As hospitals ran short on PPE and beds, some workers went to social media and made calls for more help. Medical school students from Columbia and other institutions immediately jumped in to volunteer and help combat the outbreak throughout the state.

  • #42. Louisiana

    - General internal medicine physician average salary: $188,650 (Employment: 140)
    - Family medicine physician average salary: $207,000 (Employment: 590)
    - All other physician average salary: $193,670 (Employment: 4,960)
    - Surgeon average salary: $252,510 (Employment: 180)
    - Pediatrician average salary: $146,300 (Employment: 230)
    - Anesthesiologist average salary: $269,520 (Employment: 200)
    - COVID-19 case count as of May 22: 36,504
    - COVID-19 cumulative hospitalizations as of May 22: data not available

    Medical clinics are reopening throughout the state, although doctors fear a huge backlog of patients. Some doctors have gone beyond the walls of hospitals, taking care of their community by donating basketball hoops for children who can’t go to parks, for example. For doctors overwhelmed by caring for coronavirus patients, other physicians are stepping in to provide mental health care.

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