How Much Do Obstetricians & Gynecologists Make a Year?

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How Much Do Obstetricians & Gynecologists Make a Year?
Pregnancy is one of the conditions handled by obstetricians and gynecologists. (pregnant image by AGphotographer from

Obstetricians and gynecologists specialise in women's health issues, such as cancer of the breast and pelvic disorders. As with all doctors, educational requirements are rigorous: four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and three to eight years of internship. All states require these professionals to be licensed.

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Obstetricians and gynecologists make a mean £63.9 per hour or £132,905 per year, as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS). The lowest-earning 10 per cent make £31.1 or £64,688, while the top 50 per cent make £52 or £108,160.


The best-paying workplaces for these professions are: the offices of physicians, with wages at £65.7 or £136.8, according to the BLS; speciality hospitals, not including psychiatric and substance abuse, at £63.0 or £131,144; and general hospitals, at £60.3 or £125,573. Both the offices of physicians and general hospitals offer the most job opportunities for obstetricians and gynecologists, followed by outpatient care centres, with wages at £54.4 or £113,184.


The states with the highest-paid gynecologists and obstetricians are Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa, all with earnings at more than £52 or £108,160. However, these states do not offer the highest concentrations of jobs. That distinction belongs to New Mexico, with earnings at £53.60 or £111,553, Hawaii at £53.7 or £111,858, and Connecticut at £65.3 or £135,954.


The cities where employers pay the highest salaries are Barnstable Town, Massachusetts, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Santa Cruz, California, with wages at more than £52 or £108,160. However, the cities with the most obstetricians and gynecologists per capita are: Jackson, Mississippi, with pay at £63.40 or £132,060; Albuquerque, New Mexico, at £52.4 or £109,083; and Yakima, Washington, at £67.0 or £139,464.


The BLS predicts a growth of 22 per cent for obstetricians and gynecologists from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than average. The increase will come from the expansion of health-related industries and a growing population that demands those industries. Job opportunities will be good, especially for those who can practice in low-income and rural areas because those areas face difficulties in attracting qualified doctors.

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