Trends in the Earnings of Health Care Professionals in the United States, 1987-2010

Published in: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 308, no. 20, Nov. 28, 2012, p. 2083-2085

Posted on RAND.org on November 01, 2012

by Seth A. Seabury, Anupam B. Jena, Amitabh Chandra

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This research letter examines growth in physician earnings compared with other health professionals. Researchers estimated annual earnings and hourly wages of physicians and other health professionals from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a nationally representative monthly survey of approximately 60 000 households. The sample included 30 556 respondents across all years who reported working as health professionals, including 6258 physicians. Analysis showed that physician earnings grew less than those of other health professionals in the last 15 years. although overall physician earnings remain higher.

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