Yesterday Doximity announced the launch of Career Navigator – the first doctor-driven, grassroots look at physician compensation trends. Some 18,000 verified practicing physicians began sharing anonymous compensation data over the past four months. The resulting interactive map is available free to any US physician through Doximity and includes compensation trends for 48 specialties down to the county level updated in real-time.

It’s crazy fascinating.  I could spend hours gliding the cursor over the US map to see who’s got what where.  In fact, I’ve given up staring at Tweetdeck to follow physician income trends.

I’ve jumped in despite the fact that I’ve always been skeptical of physician salary reports.  They’re classically perverted by a number of complicated variables including the fact that people want to feel far more important than they really are.  It’s interesting that as I entered my own salary, I felt no hesitation putting it out there just as is.  In fact, I felt a strange sense of obligation to my peers to to put it out there as is.  It was cathartic while at once empowering.

If you’re a doctor, here are a three things to pull away:

1. Know your worth – Professionals in other careers have had transparency in  salary trends for years, but this is the first time physicians have free access to up to date compensation trends for 48 specialties at the county-level.

2. Think outside Boston – I grew up in Boston and I’ve learned that some of the country’s best medicine, and doctors, are nowhere near Beantown.  And the salary differences can be downright frightening.  Major urban areas, where medical schools abound, have some of the lowest physician salaries in the US. You may be trading ego for hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in pay.  But suit yourself.

3. Land in a flyover state – A general surgeon in Los Angeles could make $118,000 more a year by moving to Anoka County, Minnesota. Or an anesthesiologist in Massachusetts would on average increase their salary 61 percent by relocating to Wisconsin.  And the cheese is better.

If for nothing other than having a little fun, check out Career Navigator.  If you’ve not contributed, do your duty to God and country and tell us whatchya makin’.  It’s all privatized and encrypted.  While no one will know it’s you, we’ll be watching.



There’s a national organization that I’ve done some work with.  And for the past few years I have run social media sessions at their annual meeting.  Social Media 101 and other programs with non-threatening names intended to draw in frightened doctors.

This year I suggested that the days of the new thing have passed.

At some point we must go beyond the introduction and  into application.  The leadership of physician organizations need to begin to pay attention to the adopters and what they can do to move the needle.  Repeatedly pitching the terminally skeptical doesn’t work.  Tired arguments about the dangers of communication will never be won.  While newbie public physicians need to be educated, there are great resources available for doctors new to the public realm.

We’ve reached a point where social media is now part of the professional workflow.  While it’s a minority that understand and leverage these tools, the ones who are onboard are helping reshape the image of our organizations and our profession.  Those of us creating, curating and conversing in the great wide open will continue to benefit from our public presence.

And what about those looking to join us? The genuinely curious and motivated will figure it out just like we did.

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