Specialist nurses paid higher salaries than family doctors – Mar. 11, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite the growing shortage of family doctors in the United States, medical centers last year offered higher salaries and incentives to specialist nurses than to primary care doctors, according to an annual survey of physicians' salaries.

Primary care doctors were offered an average base salary of $173,000 in 2009 compared to an average base salary of $189,000 offered to certified nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs, according to the latest numbers from Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician recruiting and consulting firm.

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To be fair, they found the highest paid advanced practice nurses (CRNA’s) and compared them to the average FP salary.

I wonder how many FP’s retrain into a specialty field?