Tim, Tim, Here's your response!! You really are a complete idiot when it comes to salary data. For an MD, from Brooklyn, you have absolutely no street smarts coming up with any REAL DATA!! According to your stats the highest an MD makes is $148K. That is absolute crap. Everyone in the world knows that cardiologists and brain surgeons make upwards of 400K. Similarly, the dentist data is off. All of the salary data you get always seems to lowball numbers. They say stuff, like the avg. lawyer makes 55K, when everyone knows that some lawyers make over $1 million a year. Here's some real data: This is avg income from '97 (four years old) I read the avg MD makes about $160K a year from the American Medical Association. http://www.ada.org/prof/pubs/daily/0004/0411surv.html In 1997, the average net income from the primary practice of all independent dentists who responded to the survey was $144,940, representing a 6.7 percent increase from 1996. From the ADA Fact Sheet: Specialists in the 45-49 year old age group averaged $236,780 a year net income here's the real reason: http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/careers/Jobbank.asp These are classified ads for dental practices for sale: ARIZONA-General practice for sale. Four season, mile high city, modern office, recreation abounds, four day week with no evenings or weekends, 400plusK gross, 200 plusK net. Price 195K (520) 777-0716. CALIFORNIA-Extraordinary opportunity. Very profitable established, fee for service practice, producing over one million a year, part time, with expansion possibilities. This is a dream practice, with exceptional staff, an upscale patient base, modern equipment, in a wonderful area. Priced well. One hundred percent financing available. Call: (800) 465-8605. 5) Steamboat Springs, ski to work! Practice collecting $700,000. Financing available. For these listings and others, call Professional Marketing and Appraisal, 1 (800) 632-7155, www.profmark.com CONNECTICUT-Hartford $1.1 million gross, $480K net, 3000 plus patients; Northern Hartford County-$585K gross, Net $280,000 plus, strong hygiene. Baccari and Associates, www.dentalbroker.net (401) 828-4940. ALASKA-State of the art equipment and systems. $1 million gross, $550,000 net, housing included. Experience the Alaska adventure, great family living, exceptional clinical opportunity, pay off student loans, retire in eight years like seller. Premier Dental Practices. www.cpa4dentists.com. (541) 764-5880. Now granted these are the more exceptional ads that I picked, this is pretty good cash, I must say!!! Now compare to MD's: Three camps, first, easy specialties: GP, Ped, Psych, Intenal Med, Family Prac, Derm: income: $120-$180K avg work week, 50-65hrs, a lot more than the 37hrs for a dentist. Or work like a dog: Anesthesiology, Gen Surg, Orthopedic Surg, Opthamology, income: 200K-300K, lots of hours and stress. again much more difficult and many more hours And finally, chiefs of staff, cardio, neuro, famous researcher at Hopkins: income: 350K-600K Be ready to work your entire life to get there and give up your entire life once you do. And be in the OR for 8-12 hrs at a time. Just my 2 cents!!