According to Forbes magazine, anesthesiologists have the second highest paying job in America. We have an average salary of $211,750. We rank second only to surgeons (boo!) who make $219,770. They apparently didn't survey neurosurgeons or interventional cardiologists. The magazine said our salaries went up 7.1% in the past year. Really? Our profession seems to have slipped a notch when compared to Money magazine's survey which said anesthesiologists have the best job in America, with a median salary of $292,000.
Despite all the talk about how poorly primary care doctors are paid in this country, internists are ranked at number six on this survey, with an average income of $183,990. General practitioners are ranked at number eight with an income of $168,550. Is it any wonder doctors get no sympathy from the general public when we complain about how little we get paid?