How Much Does a Gynecologist Make?
The salary of a gynecologist can vary depending on several factors, including location, years of experience, and specialty.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for physicians and surgeons, which includes gynecologists, was $208,000 in May 2020. However, the salary range can vary widely, with some gynecologists earning much more than the median and others earning less.
Factors that can influence a gynecologist's salary include the following
- Specialty: Gynecologists who specialize in a particular area, such as reproductive endocrinology or maternal-fetal medicine, may earn a higher salary than those who practice general gynecology.
- Practice setting: Gynecologists who work in private practice may earn a higher salary than those who are employed by a hospital or clinic and work in academic or research-oriented positions. But it's worth noting that those working in academic institutions or in research-oriented positions may have other benefits such as a stable schedule and a better work-life balance.
- Location: The salary of a gynecologist can vary by location. Generally, gynecologists working in urban areas tend to make more than those working in rural areas. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics some states have higher salaries for gynecologists than others. So, gynecologists working in states with higher costs of living, such as California, New York, and Massachusetts, tend to make more than those working in states with lower costs of living. Some of the states with the highest median annual salaries for physicians and surgeons, which includes gynecologists, are
- Connecticut: $250,800
- California: $247,700
- New Hampshire: $243,500
- Massachusetts: $241,500
- New York: $241,500
- Years of experience: Gynecologists who have been in practice for a longer period of time tend to earn a higher salary than those who are just starting out.
- Board certification: Gynecologists who are board-certified may earn a higher salary than those who are not.
In addition to their base salary, gynecologists may also earn money through bonuses, profit-sharing, and commissions. Some gynecologists also earn money through private practice, which can greatly increase their income.
It's also worth mentioning that the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is an estimation and it might not reflect the real salary for gynecologists, as it might not take into account the income of private practices, bonuses, profit-sharing, and other benefits that a gynecologist might have.
It's important to note that earning a high salary is not the only factor to consider when choosing a career as a gynecologist. Other factors, such as job satisfaction, work-life balance, and the ability to make a positive impact on patient's lives, should also be taken into consideration.