Medicine: Doctors' Pay

How much do doctors make? Not as much as some people think, according to doctors themselves. This week the Department of Commerce had the figures for 1949: that year U.S. doctors (excluding interns and full-time teachers) averaged $11,058 net. The figure was based on doctors' replies to a questionnaire, sent out jointly with the A.M.A. Key groups:

Neurological surgeons...$28,628



Members of partnerships...17,722

Full specialists...15,014

Doctors paid by fee...11,858

Part specialists...11,758

General practitioners...8,835

Doctors on salary...8,272

Doctors do best in medium-sized cities (about 350,000), worst in villages under 2,500 and cities of 1,000,000 or more. Lowest-paid big-city doctors in the U.S.:

New York's.


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