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OB/GYN Salary

OB/GYN Salary
The average salary of an obstetrician/gynecologist is more than USD 200,000 per annum. However, experienced OB/GYNs could earn up to USD 400,000 per year. This CareerStint write-up provides information on the factors affecting the salary of OB/GYNs.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for qualified OB/GYN physicians are expected to rise by 18% by the year 2022.

OB stands for obstetrics/obstetrician, whereas GYN stands for gynecology/gynecologist. Specialized education and training helps an obstetrician in the management of pregnancy, labor, and the time immediately following childbirth, whereas a gynecologist is a physician who is trained to diagnose and treat disorders related to the female reproductive system. Though obstetrics and gynecology are varied fields, the education and training for obstetrics and gynecology takes place concurrently. Thus, an OB/GYN is a physician who delivers babies, and treats diseases of the female reproductive organs. He/she helps in the prevention and treatment of medical conditions related to the female reproductive organs. Hence, doctors who have specialized in this field have thorough knowledge about women's reproductive health, gynecological problems, pregnancy, childbirth, and other associated problems.

Medical jobs are listed as the highest paying jobs in the United States. OB/GYNs have a good annual income, but their salary varies depending on factors such as geographical location, employer/organization, years of experience, etc. A doctor having certifications in more than one specialization earns much higher than those with only one specialization.

Factors Affecting the Salary of an OB/GYN
An obstetrics and gynecology physician can work in government hospitals and private clinics. During the first few years after completing residency training, most specialists choose to work as assistants to other qualified physicians. This way, they can get practical training. After gaining experience, OB/GYN specialists have the option of opening their own clinics or hold teaching positions at a university or hospital.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2014, the mean annual wage and the mean hourly wage for this occupation was USD 214,750 and USD 103.25, respectively.

The top paying industries for the occupation of OB/GYNs included:
Specialty hospitals
Outpatient care centers
Offices of physicians
Local government
General medical and surgical hospitals

The top paying states included:
South Dakota

States with the highest employment level in this occupation included:
New York

While OB/GYNs working in hospitals or clinic earn more than USD 200,00 per year, qualified and experienced self-employed OB-GYNs have a higher annual income that could reach up to USD 400,000.

According to the Medscape's 2014 compensation report, male OB/GYNs earn more than their female counterparts. The highest earners lived in the Great Lakes and North Central regions (USD 264,000 and USD 251,000, respectively), whereas those living in the Northeast (USD 234,000) and the Southeast ($237,000) were the lowest and second lowest earners among OB/GYNs.

Highest earners were the OB/GYNs working for healthcare organizations, with the annual income of USD 273,000, followed by those working in office-based multi-specialty group practice (USD 271,000), office-based single-specialty group practice (USD 255,000), hospitals (USD 228,000), office-based solo practice (USD 212,000), academic/research/military, government (USD 209,000), and outpatient clinics (USD 207,000).

In general, the average salary of an OB/GYN falls somewhere between USD 150,000 to USD 250,000. Indeed, it requires rigorous training and patience to get certified in multiple specializations. However, a plus point with more than one specialization is a higher pay scale than other physicians with only one certification. With more than one certification and years of experience, the salary of an OB/GYN salary may go up to 400,000 per year.

The following table provides data about the median salary in the states.

Alabama USD 218,983
Alaska USD 291,203
Arizona USD 252,256
Arkansas USD 212,586
California USD 285,193
Colorado USD 260,690
Connecticut USD 286,251
Delaware USD 279,674
District of Columbia USD 284,755
Florida USD 249,341
Georgia USD 233,169
Hawaii USD 279,983
Idaho USD 249,083
Illinois USD 271,239
Indiana USD 237,476
Iowa USD 209,517
Kansas USD 239,411
Kentucky USD 226,746
Louisiana USD 210,574
Maine USD 245,833
Maryland USD 264,946
Massachusetts USD 278,565
Michigan USD 268,970
Minnesota USD 269,924
Mississippi USD 236,135
Missouri USD 253,855
Montana USD 226,463
Nebraska USD 243,925
Nevada USD 266,751
New Hampshire USD 272,374
New Jersey USD 277,636
New Mexico USD 196,414
New York USD 248,000
North Carolina USD 233,066
North Dakota USD 233,943
Ohio USD 245,627
Oklahoma USD 216,584
Oregon USD 266,184
Pennsylvania USD 251,327
Rhode Island USD 270,930
South Carolina USD 237,554
South Dakota USD 149,084
Tennessee USD 233,865
Texas USD 227,623
Utah USD 237,244
Vermont USD 240,262
Virginia USD 284,755
Washington USD 269,872
West Virginia USD 226,437
Wisconsin USD 245,085
Wyoming USD 235,155

OB/GYN Job Description and Educational Requirements
Being specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology, OB/GYNs provide therapeutic intervention for problems concerning female reproductive organs, pregnancy management, child delivery, and gynecological problems. They also offer prenatal care for both the mother and the baby. Other than these, work areas include diagnosis of hormonal fluctuations, urinary tract problems, pelvis disorders, cervical cancer, breast cancer, etc. If necessary, surgical procedures are handled by OB/GYN doctors, in addition to drug therapy.

The education and training for OB/GYN is very strenuous. In order to become an obstetrician/gynecologist, one has to complete a four-year undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. It's advisable to take up courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy. Thereafter, the aspirants would have to pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) to gain entry into accredited medical school. They have to complete the 4-year medical school program, during which the aspiring OB/GYNs can choose to take up classes that focus on obstetrics and gynecology. They must complete an internship and residency in a hospital. The residency lasts for 3-4 years. If pursuing a specialization, they need to complete a fellowship program that might last for 2-4 years. OB/GYNs can specialize in gynecological oncology, infertility treatment, or gynecological surgery. Those who hold such specializations can expect to earn more.

On a concluding note, factors such as the geographical location, experience, specialization, work settings, etc., can affect the salary of Obstretrician/Gynecologists (OB/GYNs). The good job prospects can be linked to the increased growth in the healthcare sector with respect to rise in population. The employment growth for all physicians, which includes OB/GYNs, is higher than any other occupation.