General surgeons from group practices in nonmetropolitan areas earn less than their counterparts in more urban areas, the Medical Group Management Association reported.
The median compensation for general surgeons from nonmetropolitan (population of 49,999 or fewer) areas was $352,000 in 2013, compared with $388,000 for the smallest (50,000-250,000 pop.) metropolitan areas, $412,000 for metro areas between 250,001 and 1 million population, and $385,000 for metro areas with more than 1 million population, according to the MGMA’s “Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2014 Report Based on 2013 Data.”
Compared with general surgeons, the median income for all specialists was lower in nonmetro and medium-size metro areas and higher in small and large metropolitan areas.
The survey involved 4,197 groups representing 66,299 providers (including nurse practitioners and physician assistants). The MGMA received responses from 223 practices representing 978 general surgeons.