Highest-paying regions for physicians

States in the central regions of the U.S. are typically higher-paying for physicians, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report" for 2024.

Medscape surveyed 7,000 practicing physicians in the U.S. across more than 29 specialties from Oct. 2 to Jan. 16 about their salary, bonuses and more.

The averages listed factor in the reported incentive compensation received by those surveyed to find the average total compensation earned by physicians.

Here is the average annual total compensation of physicians in nine regions of the U.S., ranked from highest to lowest:

1. West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota): $404,000

2. East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee): $375,000

3. East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin): $367,000

4. West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming): $363,000

5. South Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia): $362,000

6. West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas): $361,000

7. Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington): $357,000

8. New England (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont): $355,000

9. Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania): $351,000

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