Some Nurses Make More Money than Internists

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  1. Ericokle

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    Some Nurses Land Higher Salaries Than Primary Care Doctors
    by Jacob Goldstein

    Sure, going to med school’s a good way to make a decent living. But if you really want to do well, become a nurse anesthetist.

    In the past year, nurse anesthetists recruited through the staffing firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates landed salaries that averaged $185,000.
    That beats the pay for family practice docs hired through the firm, who averaged $172,000, and internists, who averaged $176,000.

    “A lot of it is just based on economics,” Phil Miller, a VP at the firm explained. “An investment in a [nurse anesthetist] who can do all your anesthesiology and keep your operating room going and ensure you’re getting all those high-dollar procedures coming in to your hospital or your surgery center makes sense, particularly in rural areas where you may not have an anesthesiologist.”

    Nurse anesthetists typically receive an undergraduate nursing degree, have experience working as registered nurses and complete two to three years of post-graduate training. They can perform many (but not all) of the tasks often performed by anesthesiologists. The anesthesiologists recruited through Merritt Hawkins averaged $336,000 per year.


    Here are the Merritt Hawkins averages for some other medical specialties:
    Cardiology: $392,000
    Dermatology: $315,000
    Emergency medecine: $240,000
    Gastroenterology: $379,000
    General surgery: $321,000
    OBGYN: $255,000
    Orthopedic surgery: $439,000
    Pediatrics: $159,000
    Radiology: $401,000

  2. c5a

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    i know some making $240,000. CRNAs!!!
  3. Myostatin

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    This is not particularly surprising... actually the average internal med salary listed there seems a bit high. Becoming a CRNA is by no means easy and they bring in lost of revenue so its not surprising that they're well compensated. That being said, CRNA's are still nurses and have to practice (at least as of now), under supevision of an MD.... this one fact means that if you're business savvy and lots of $$ is your goal, even in internal medicine you can do a lot better than a CRNA ever will.
  4. DrJosephKim

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    Remember that salary ranges vary tremendously depending on your geography and work volume.

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