Saturday, March 13, 2010

Interesting Fact of the Day: Specialist Nurses Are Paid More than Family Doctors for Fourth Year

MONEY -- 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. Projections for 2010 indicate that the average base salary for family physicians will be about $178,000 compared to $186,000 for CRNAs.

"It's the fourth year in a row that CRNAs were recruited at a higher pay than a family doctor," said Kurt Mosley, staffing expert with Merritt Hawkins & Associates.


At 3/13/2010 2:27 PM, Blogger Matt Young said...

Some might say unions. I say economies of scale. Nurse transaction costs are so much lower, they are thus more productive serving more patients per day.

At 3/21/2010 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another reason you would be crazy to go to medical school. Approximately twice as long and as expensive as training to be a nurse anesthetist, and you get paid less, and have higher stress and workloads (nurses almost always work on 8 hour shifts, with set breaks and lunch, and many work less than a full 40 hour week), and have much higher liability?

But that will only be a problem if you actually need a good doctor in the future - cause you will hardly be able to find one.


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