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Salary for an Allopathic Physician

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An allopathic physician is an M.D., or doctor of medicine, as opposed to an osteopathic physician, or D.O. The term “allopathic” is seldom used nowadays, although it describes the type of physician and physician training with which most people are familiar. Both allopathic and osteopathic doctors typically receive nearly identical medical training. Osteopaths part company with M.D.s philosophically in their belief that the human body should be treated as a single unit, with the musculoskeletal system the key component and osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, used as a fundamental treatment technique. Most physician salary data don’t distinguish between allopathic and osteopathic doctors.

Family Practice Salaries

Based on May 2010 data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of $163,510 for family- and general-practice physicians. The 10th percentile salary is $86,600 and the 25th percentile figure is $125,800. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t report certain percentile salary figures for some doctor specialties, claiming only that the salaries are “greater than $80 per hour or $166,400 per year.” The Physician Compensation Survey conducted by the American Medical Group Association lists a median salary of $208,861 for family-medicine doctors.

Internal Medicine Salaries

The Physician Compensation Survey places the median salary for internal medicine doctors at $214,307. The 2008 Merritt Hawkins Review of Physician and CRNA Recruiting Incentives reports an average job offer of $176,000 for internists with a low-end figure of $125,000 and a high-end figure of $330,000.

Pediatrician Salaries

Pediatricians earn a median salary of $155,370, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an average or mean income of $165,720 a year. The 25th percentile salary is $117,550 and the 10th percentile figure is $86,340. The Physician Compensation Survey breaks pediatric medicine into 11 subspecialties. A pediatric and adolescent physician earns a median salary of $209,873. Pediatric allergy doctors make $198,458 a year, pediatric oncologists $212,577, pediatric cardiologists $233,958, and pediatric surgeons $419,783.

Anesthesiologist Salaries

The Physician Compensation Survey reports a median salary of $370,500 for anesthesiologists. The 2009 Compensation and Employment Survey for anesthesiologists, as reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, lists an average anesthesiologist salary of $355,264 with men making $365,062 a year and women earning $310,620. The highest-paid demographic group, anesthesiologists with 13 to 20 years in practice, earned an average salary of $377,771.

Radiologist Salary

Radiologists are among the highest-paid of all non-surgeon doctors. A non-interventional diagnostic radiologist makes a median income of $454,205, according to the Physician Compensation Survey. Interventional radiologists, who perform procedures such as biopsies and angioplasties, earn $478,000 a year. Allopathic radiation therapists make a median salary of $447,250.

Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Depending on their subspecialty, orthopedic surgeons are the highest-paid physicians. The Physician Compensation Survey shows a median salary of $500,672 for general orthopedic surgeons, $605,953 for joint-replacement orthopedic surgeons and $688,503 for an orthopedic spine surgeon. The Merritt Hawkins recruiting survey reports an average job offer of $439,000 for orthopedic surgeons in all subspecialties with a low-end offer of $250,000 and an upper-end offer of $750,000.

Cardiologist Salary

Cardiologists make a median salary of $402,000, according to the Physician Compensation Survey. The Merritt Hawkins survey showed an average job offer in 2007-2008 of $392,000 with a high-end offer of $1 million and a lower-end offer of $250,000.

Emergency Medicine Salary

The Physician Compensation Survey pegs the median salary for emergency care doctors at $267,293. Merritt Hawkins reports low, average and high-end job offers of $190,000, $240,000 and $258,000, respectively.


John Kibilko has been writing professionally since 1979. He landed his first professional job with "The Dearborn Press" while still in college. He has since worked as a journalist for several Wayne County newspapers and in corporate communications. He has covered politics, health care, automotive news and police and sports beats. Kibilko earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.