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Physician Salaries Vary Widely Among Academics

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2012

Go West, academic urologist. You may earn more than $455,000 annually there, compared to $300,000 in the Midwest.

(If you are an academic dermatologist, the Midwest is the place to be, not the West, if you want optimum income.)

Whatever you do in academic circles, if you seek a very nice, comfortable salary, be a department chair and a specialist. Then again, if you are engaged in academia, it isn't all about the money is it? There's more money in private practice, of course, but we'll get to that later.

There's a wide variation in physician-related academic salaries, often dependent on geography and rank within academic settings, says the Academic Practice Compensation and Production Survey for Faculty and Management of 2012. The Medical Group Management Association report, based on 2011 data, contains information on more than 20,000 faculty physicians and non-physician providers categorized by specialty, and more than 2,000 managers.

The salaries also depend upon academic settings, clinical productivity and research support, according to Jonathan Tamir, vice chairman of finance and administration at the Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine.

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