How Much Doctors Earn in Every State

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A good doctor can be your best friend when you are ill and want to get better. Most of us would agree that the best doctors are worth their weight in gold.

That’s even more true during a pandemic, when doctors literally stand between life and death.

And in some states, the earnings of a general internal medicine physician glitter more than in other locations.

Such doctors in South Dakota lead the gold rush, making an average of $281,590 per year, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, Georgia’s internal medicine physicians make a relatively paltry average of $95,690 — the lowest state average in the nation.

The national average annual wage for internal medicine doctors, or internists, is $201,440. That’s more than double the national average for nurse practitioners — $77,460 — as we recently reported in “How Much Nurses Make in Every State.”

Here is what the average internal medicine doctor makes in each state and the District of Columbia:

  1. South Dakota: $281,590
  2. New Mexico: $280,620
  3. Wyoming: $273,570
  4. North Dakota: $266,540
  5. Indiana: $257,270
  6. North Carolina: $256,000
  7. Nevada: $253,920
  8. Wisconsin: $253,900
  9. Nebraska: $249,510
  10. South Carolina: $248,760
  11. Minnesota: $242,390
  12. New Hampshire: $241,240
  13. Maine: $239,460
  14. Oregon: $237,910
  15. Hawaii: $235,770
  16. Virginia: $234,220
  17. Massachusetts: $232,970
  18. Utah: $230,170
  19. Alaska: $230,160
  20. Pennsylvania: $227,650
  21. Washington: $224,940
  22. New Jersey: $220,790
  23. Mississippi: $218,830
  24. Arizona: $218,630
  25. Iowa: $216,910
  26. Missouri: $216,350
  27. Alabama: $213,790
  28. California: $212,510
  29. Illinois: $211,950
  30. Kansas: $211,770
  31. Kentucky: $209,700
  32. Delaware: $208,750
  33. Vermont: $207,920
  34. Connecticut: $206,200
  35. Florida: $204,690
  36. Maryland: $203,270
  37. Montana: $202,100
  38. Tennessee: $199,720
  39. Ohio: $196,860
  40. Colorado: $195,190
  41. Oklahoma: $190,030
  42. Louisiana: $188,650
  43. New York: $188,370
  44. Idaho: $173,190
  45. Rhode Island: $171,280
  46. Michigan: $171,210
  47. District of Columbia: $165,080
  48. Texas: $160,180
  49. Arkansas: $146,900
  50. West Virginia: $146,840
  51. Georgia: $95,690

Few of us would be surprised to see doctors pulling in such hefty incomes. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, doctors and surgeons face daunting education and training requirements.

Typically, they start with a bachelor’s degree, then earn a degree from a medical school before spending three to seven years in internship and residency training programs. That can amount to anywhere from 11 to 15 years of education.

Wages for physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations, the BLS notes. And the career path also offers long-term job security. It is expected to grow 7% between 2018 and 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

Following a doctor’s advice not only can save your life, but it also protects your pocketbook. For learn more, check out “How Following Your Doctor’s Advice Can Save You $89,000.”

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