Salary for an Attending Physician

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Attending physicians earn varying wages in different fields of medicine.
Attending physicians earn varying wages in different fields of medicine. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

An attending physician is a doctor who has completed both medical school and residency and is employed on-staff at a hospital, clinic or other medical facility. Largely due to the cost it requires to become a physician, these doctors earn some of the highest wages in the country. The salary for an attending physician depends on the type of facility that employs him and his area of specialty.

Attending Family and General Physicians

Attending physicians who work with patients with common illnesses and injuries earned an average salary of $168,550 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average income for an attending physician in private practices of physicians was $174,280, while those in general hospitals earned an average of $157,470 and those in outpatient care centers earned an average of $174,590.

Attending Internal Physicians

Internists are attending physicians who specialize in the non-surgical treatment of both illnesses and injuries that afflict the internal organs. These physicians earned an average salary of $183,990 as of 2009, reports the bureau. In the offices of physicians, the average was $190,940, while those in general hospitals earned an average of $161,660 and those in outpatient care centers earned an average of $183,350.

Attending Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Attending physicians who treat pregnant women and those with diseases that affect the reproductive system, earned an average income of $204,470 as of 2009, according to the bureau. Those working in physicians’ offices earned an average of $210,450. Salaries were lower in general hospitals and outpatient care centers with average annual salaries of $193,190 and $174,130 respectively.

Attending Pediatricians

Pediatricians, or attending physicians who treat infants, children and teenagers, earned an average salary of $161,410 as of 2009. The bureau reports that those working in doctors’ offices earned an average salary of $163,630 a year, while general hospitals offered an average of $159,570 and outpatient care centers offered an average of $171,300 annually.

Other Attending Physicians

The bureau reports that other attending physicians, including those who specialize in geriatrics, gastroenterology, radiology and pathology, earned an average salary of $173,860 as of 2009. In physicians’ offices, the average income was $202,480, while general hospitals offered an average of $124,800 and outpatient care centers offered an average of $205,970.

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