There is no one specific discipline in the field of medicine where doctors tend to earn more. However based on analyses, statistics, surveys and studies, by organizations like Merritt Hawkins & Associates, Forbes and government departments, practitioners from some specific disciples of medicine which tend to earn more than the others are discussed here.
1. Orthopedic Surgeon
Now on the whole, surgeons tend to earn more than physicians or doctors who do not practice surgery. This is obviously as a result of their immense knowledge and skill.
Reportedly, orthopedic surgeon earn about $360,000 annually on an average. The reason that these surgeons tend to be in such a high demand is that the occurrence of musculoskeletal ailments, is quite frequent. Think about the number of injuries, fractures and physical injuries for example, that take place every day.
An anesthesiologist is required for almost all surgeries and some minor procedures. In the United States there are about 33,000 anesthesiologist, practicing. Anesthesiologists earn about $282,000 on an average annually.
Cardiac surgeons tend to the human heart and perform surgery of the heart. Cardiac surgeons also have quite a deep knowledge of the 'great vessels' and even heart transplants. In some cases, cardiac surgeons are also termed to be Cardiovascular surgeons. Cardiac surgeons earn about $311,000 on an average annually.
4. General Surgeon
A very, very critical branch of medicine, general surgery is a very versatile profession and discipline where surgeons operate within a huge scope, that ranges from minor skin based surgeries, amputations, abdominal surgery, etc. General surgeons are often the tier one surgeons for emergency surgeries.
On the whole these surgeons chiefly tend to operate on torso. The versatility of their skill and knowledge as well as practical application of vast knowledge in any kind of situation, have earned these surgeons a deep respect of medical probationer. General surgeons tend to earn about $120,000- $320,000 annually.
The 'delta force' of medical practitioners, neurosurgeons specialize in the operations and treatment of the brain and the nervous system. Such surgeons tend to have a deep knowledge of the brain and the nervous system.
The very sensitive nature of the surgery requires immense skills from the surgeon. On an average neurosurgeons earn way over $395,000 annually, and reportedly, on an average they earn about $145 per hour.