Ob.gyns. income is in the middle of the pack of specialties


Obstetrician/gynecologists reported making $308,000 between Oct. 4, 2019, and Feb. 10, 2020, which is slightly below middle among the specialties included in Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report 2020.

Survey: Physician compensation by specialty

Male ob.gyns. made more than $50,000 more than female ob.gyns. a year ($338,000 vs. $286,000), and men make up 64% of ob.gyn. respondents. This occurs although male and female ob.gyns. reported working about the same hours per week (40.2 vs. 39).

The average incentive bonus for ob.gyns. was about $44,000, which is on the low side among specialties included in the report. Although 42% of ob.gyns. achieve 100% of this bonus and 17% achieve 76%-99% of their bonus, slightly less than a quarter (22%) achieve only 25% or less.

About 51% of ob.gyns. reported feeling fairly compensated, which put them in the bottom fifth of the 29 specialties asked that question.

Among ob.gyns., 38% reported that gratitude and relationships with patients is the most rewarding part of their job, while 20% said that helping others or being good at what they do is the most rewarding aspect of their job. About even proportions of ob.gyns. complained that the most challenging part of their job is dealing with EHRs (18%), working long hours (17%), or navigating rules and regulations (16%).

The data in the Medscape report were gathered before COVID-19 had really taken hold in the United States – before states began issuing stay-at-home orders and before practices began implementing their own precautions. Although in the best interest of patients and providers, switching to telemedicine, eliminating most elective procedures, and making other changes to improve safety will have significant financial consequences. It is unclear at this time how this ongoing pandemic will affect physician compensation and income.

The survey respondents were Medscape members who had been invited to participate. The sample size was 17,461 physicians, and compensation was modeled and estimated based on a range of variables across 6 years of survey data. The sampling error was ±0.74%.

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