2019’s Best & Worst States for Doctors
Wallet Hub, Mar 25, 2019
Doctors are among the highest-paid and most educated professionals in the U.S. In fact, “physician” was the highest-paid job type in 2018, with a median base salary of over $195,000 and over 3,000 job openings during the year. The high salary average makes sense, given the importance of their life-saving work and the struggles that come with life in the medical profession.
But doctors don’t always start out wealthy. The average medical-school graduate left campus with more than $196,000 of debt in 2018. The medical profession has also been undergoing intense transformation in recent years. Health-care reform, the rise of branded hospital networks and the retirement of Baby Boomers are all complicating the lives of doctors.
But working conditions for doctors aren’t the same everywhere in the U.S. In order to help doctors decide where to practice, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics. Their data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system….
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46 -- Overall Rank (1=Best)
44.72 -- Total Score
48 -- ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank
51 -- ‘Medical Environment’ Rank
48 – Annual Wage for Physicians (adjusted for cost of living)
5 – Least Punitive State Medical Board