Physician compensation increased for these 8 specialties 

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Physician assistants saw the biggest average increase in salary among all specialists in 2021, according to a recent report by physician search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins. 

Here are the eight specialties for which average starting salaries increased over the past year, ranked by percent increase:

Note: Figures are based on 2,458 permanent physician and advanced practitioner search assignments that were ongoing or conducted by Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare's physician staffing companies from April 2020 to March 2021

  1. Physician assistants: +14 percent — from $112,000 to $128,000
  2. Neurology: +13 percent — from $295,000 to $332,000
  3. Nurse practitioners: +12 percent — from $125,000 to $140,000
  4. Noninterventional cardiology: +9 percent — from $409,000 to $446,000
  5. Pediatrics: +7 percent — from $221,000 to $236,000
  6. Certified registered nurse anesthetists: +3 percent — from $215,000 to $222,000
  7. Family medicine: +1 percent — from $240,000 to $243,000
  8. Psychiatry: +1 percent — from $276,000 to $279,000

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