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Some medical specialties have higher salaries than others.
General practitioners, including family doctors and pediatricians, are among the highest-paid doctors. Dentists, orthodontists, and prosthodontists also have high salaries.
Anesthesiologists are paid more than any other type of doctor.
Here are the top 15 highest-paying jobs for medical doctors, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and their average salaries in 2019.
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We tend to assume everyone sporting a lab coat and stethoscope is bringing home the big bucks — and that’s certainly more true for doctors in some medical specialties than it is for doctors in others.
For instance, the average optometrist makes $122,980 a year, while the average surgeon earns nearly double that.
These were the highest paying doctor jobs in 2019, ranked.
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Average annual income: $122,980
Growth outlook (2018-2028): +10%
Description: Optometrists treat diseases, injuries, and other disorders related to patients’ eyes. They also prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses.
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Average annual income: $142,680
Growth outlook (2018-2028): +6%
Description: Podiatrists treat illnesses and injuries related to patients’ feet, ankles, and lower-legs.
13. Dentists (all other specialists)
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Average annual income: $178,040
Growth outlook (2018-2028): +5%
Description: “All other specialists” point to dentists who specialize in specific dental practices and are not listed separately in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these specialists include periodontists, who work with gums and bones around the mouth, and endodontists, who work with root canals.
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