I came across this article from Becker's Hospital Review. Titled "Compensation growth among physician specialties," I thought this looked promising. I could use a little good cheer after reluctantly predicting the end of anesthesiology as we know it.
The article concerns a physician survey conducted by SullivanCotter and Associates. They are a consulting firm specializing in physician compensation. There is no information on the number of physicians who participated in the survey or any other demographic data so take it for what it's worth.
Pediatrics, up 5%. Hospitalist, up 4%. Family Medicine, up 3%. Where is this going? Did they forget to survey anesthesiologists? Just when I was starting to think that anesthesiologists were not included in their compensation poll, I arrive at the rock bottom of the chart. And guess who resides down there. Anesthesiologists, DOWN 2%.
WTH. Granted the median compensation is still pretty good at $368,510. But we were the only medical field to show a decrease in earnings year over year. Our services aren't even valued enough to maintain our previous year's income, which would actually be a decrease when inflation is taken into account.
Is this another sign that the anespocolypse is upon us? One year's worth of data doesn't make a trend. We'll have to wait another year or two to discover if it's time to start moonlighting in a profession where there is real pricing power and you don't have to take sh** from anyone--nursing.