I did some calculations and figured up how much one would make post-residency in any military branch. Using the sites I list at the end of this discussion, I determined someone fresh out of residency would be an O-4 with over 4 years total time. Monthly Pay: O-4 with more than 4 years basic pay: $4299 per month O-4 Basic Housing Allowance with Depdendent: $988 ($859 w/o) Variable Special Pay: $416 per month Board Ceritified Pay: $208 per month Basic Allowance for Subsistance: $175.23 Annual Special Pay: $15,000 Total Monthly Pay: $6,086 ($7,336 if count ASP as "monthly") Specialties: Emergency Medicine: $26,000 General Surgery: $29,000 Orthopaedics: $36,000 Psychiatry: $15,000 Anesthesia: $36,000 I used the specialties I'm interested in Per year, the basic pay with bonuses came to about $88,032. Of course it may vary a little depending on the residency and such. Adding in the specialty pay I get the following: Emergency Medicine Physician: $114,032 per year Psychiatrist: $103,032 General Surgeon: $117,032 Orthopaedic Surgeon: $124,032 Anesthesiologist: $124,032 References: http://www.dod.mil/comptroller/fmr/07a/07A05.pdf http://www.dfas.mil/money/milpay/pay/2004paytable.pdf Moral the story? Don't do it for the money. If I made any errors or omissions, please correct them.