9 of the highest-paid doctors in America, per LinkedIn

Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

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Doctors are often thought of as a highly-paid professionals, and, while that's true, some specialties pay better than others. 

LinkedIn gathered data from its salary tool and shared it with Business Insider, which reported the top highest-paid doctors in America.

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The figures are self-reported based on information from LinkedIn's verified users over the past year. Base median salary information is included, as well as total median salaries, which also includes bonuses and other additional compensation.

The following are nine of the highest-paid doctors (starting with the highest pay) in America, according to LinkedIn and Business Insider:


Base median salary: $575,000

Total median salary: $575,000

Neurosurgeons top the list of highest paying medical professions. These specialists diagnose and surgically treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system (the brain and spinal cord and peripheral nerves). These can include tumors, brain or spine infections, stroke, or degenerative spinal diseases.

Orthopedic surgeon

Base median salary: $450,000

Total median salary: $500,000

Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, nerves and tendons. They're the type of specialist you see for problems such as back pain, arthritis in the hip or knee or sports injuries. Some further specialize in areas such as the foot and ankle or in sports medicine.

Interventional cardiologist

Base median salary: $438,000

Total median salary: $438,000

Interventional cardiologists treat heart and vascular conditions by performing catheterizations. These procedures allow the interventional cardiologist to insert a long thin tube called a catheter into a main blood vessel (often in your thigh, groin, neck or arm). Small instruments are then guided to your heart or another problem area to diagnose or treat a condition. In this way, interventional cardiologists bridge the gap between cardiologists, who use treatments such as medication, and cardiac surgeons, who treat more severe problems with bypasses and other procedures.

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Plastic surgeon

Base median salary: $410,000

Total median salary: $410,000

Plastic surgeons perform operations that change the shape or appearance of a patient's body. Although procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction may first come to mind, plastic surgeons may also perform reconstructive surgeries after accidents or birth defects or to help minimize scarring on burn victims.


Base median salary: $400,000

Total median salary: $400,000

Gastroenterologists treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, including those that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas and gallbladder. They treat conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colon polyps and cancer and gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD).


Base median salary: $395,000

Total median salary: $395,000

Urologists specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of the urinary tract and male reproductive system. They use medication and/or surgery to treat problems related to the bladder, urethra, kidneys, prostate and more.

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Base median salary: $353,000

Total median salary: $370,000

Anesthesiologists provide anesthesia and pain relief to patients. They're commonly thought of as providing anesthesia during surgery, but they also follow up in recovery and help decide when patients can go home or be transferred. They also provide post-operative pain relief.


Base median salary: $350,000

Total median salary: $368,000

Radiologists are doctors who use medical imaging tests to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. These can include ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography) and X-rays. They usually work closely with a referring physician who sent you to the radiologist for testing.

Ophthalmologists earn a base median salary of $285,000.(WSB-TV/For the AJC)


Base median salary: $285,000

Total median salary: $285,000

Ophthalmologists are doctors who fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, but they've also received additional medical training to diagnose and treat eye diseases and vision disorders. They can also perform eye surgery.