The average salary for medical residents increased slightly this year, but at the same time satisfaction with those salaries is on the decline, according to a new report.
The average resident salary was $57,200 in 2017, slightly better than the 2016 average of $56,500 and the 2015 average of $55,400, according to a Medscape survey. The numbers were based on a survey of more than 1,500 residents in 25 medical specialties who are all enrolled in U.S. programs.
The highest paying specialties for residents were:
- hematology ($69,000)
- allergy and immunology/nephrology ($65,000)
- cardiology ($62,000)
On the lowest end of the scale were residents in family medicine, with an average salary of $54,000.
Satisfaction with those salaries is declining, the report said. In 2017, almost half of male residents (46%) and almost half of female residents (49%) said they were fairly compensated. But those numbers declined from 2016.