i am a third year medical student and have been deliberating on this for years. Even before that in college i spent numerous time with thoracic and spinal surgeons and i still love them both equally, so the only factor that i have to consider at the moment is the salary? i have tried to find other reasons but i don't have anything significant enough to choose one over the other. I have spoken with a couple of thoracic surgeons and they have told me the job market for thoracic surgeons is becoming difficult because the medical community is trying to minimize the field, because the cardiothoracic surgeon can do the work of the thoracic surgeons and more, so the thoracic surgeons graduating need extra fellowships in order to be more competitive. I have been told that a field as specific as spinal surgery would be ideal in the next 10 - 20 years because of the baby boomers retiring. So i was wondering the salary ranges for spinal surgeons if anyone does know ????