OK, this is kind of a long message, so I'll send it in installments. ================ There's so much contradictory information out there about who makes how much, etc., that it's impossible to separate the BS (bowel sounds) from the truth. Case in point: PM&R. This has got to be the ultimate example of word-of-mouth hype spinning out of control. Everyone keeps talking about PM&R docs STARTING at $185,000 and easily making a quarter-mill within a few years. "Omigod, and they have such a cush lifestyle, too!" goes the frequent yelp before certain orgasm is attained. The average PM&R doc pulls in about 140 Gs a year, according to at least 3 salary surveys I've seen on various physician career websites. So, for four lousy years of residency, your average rehab doc emerges making about the same money as a 3-yr trained family med doc. "Ooooh, but the lifestyle!" But there are other fields that also have conflicting reports about salary. One of them is often called the best-kept secret* in medicine: Occupational Med. No one's heard of it, those who have heard of it don't know what it is. Even Occ Med docs aren't sure what it is they're doing. I keep hearing, though, from those who are supposedly in the know, that demand for Occ Med docs has grown so high that companies/groups/gov't agencies/etc are paying $250k/yr. Consulting the Occ Med society website, we find that the average salary, according to biannual surveys, is about $157k. Still not bad. (Better than PM&R, anyway.) However, keep in mind that most Occ Med docs are famiy med or internists who did short OM certification courses so they could earn the (somewhat) big bucks. People who have a full 2-yr residency/fellowship training in OM probably do signficantly better - maybe that's where these $250k/yr stories come from.