Physician salaries depend on multiple factors, which include:
- the location – top countries in terms of development offer even up to 10 times higher salaries compared to 3rd world countries
- the experience level – obviously, the more experience you have, the higher the income
- training, certifications and accredited programs – while some physician careers don’t require so many certifications or training programs, it’s definitely recommended to attend such programs if you want to be among the highest paid physicians, because the salary level is largely influenced by this factor
- specialty – there are dozens of specialties, but among the highest paid physicians are Orthopedic Surgeon, Cardiologists, Gastroenterologists and Urologists.
But keep in mind that salary shouldn’t be the only factor when deciding to become a doctor of any kind, so before you choose your specialty, try to discover what types of people you want to help. For example, Neurosurgeon Salaries are pretty high, but not everybody would feed comfortable dealing with the stress of performing such an operation. Other, because they love animals, would pursue a career as a veterinarian, even though the income is much lower compared to other doctors.
Or if you want to work with those who have speech and language disorders, you might consider becoming a Speech Pathologist.
If you’re interested in a career as a cardiologist, we wrote an in-depth article how to become a cardiologist, what’s the average salary of a cardiologist, required education and more.
We also have a 3000-word career guide for dermatologists (salary, how to become, required education and training and more).
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