The Washington region is home to more than 50 hospitals, six medical schools, and 200,000-plus physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health-care workers.
Here are median salaries for a selection of medical and surgical specialties in the Eastern United States according to the American Medical Group Association. Given Washington’s relative affluence, the salaries probably are higher here.
Emergency medicine, $259,778.
General surgery, $312,427.
Internal medicine, $214,983.
Orthopedic surgery, $445,921.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery, $350,343.
Kenneth A. Samet, president, MedStar Health (Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and others), $2,647,227.
Edwin K. Zechman Jr., president, Children’s National Medical Center, $1,987,629.
Robert L. Sloan, president, Sibley Memorial Hospital, $1,821,899.
J. Knox Singleton, CEO, Inova Health System, $1,721,435.
Brian A. Gragnolati, president, Suburban Hospital, $1,495,323.
Larry Warren, CEO, Howard University Hospital, $640,625.
James B. Cole, president, Virginia Hospital Center, $556,942.
Hospital Staff Physicians
William L. Thomas, chief medical officer, MedStar Health, $1,307,944.
Roger J. Packer,neurology, Children’s National Medical Center, $860,382.
Edward Eder, internal medicine, Inova Health System, $197,885.
Sonia Thomas, child and adolescent psychiatry, Inova Health System, $195,994.
John J. Kirkpatrick, surgery chair, Washington Hospital Center, $624,371.
Barry Byer, family practice, Virginia Hospital Center, $445,965.
Robert Mordkin, urology, Virginia Hospital Center, $374, 938.
Orthon Wiltz, colon and rectal surgery, Virginia Hospital Center, $433,554,
James L. Scott, dean, George Washington University School of Medicine, $567,435.
Chiledum Ahaghotu, urology, Howard University Hospital, $431,173.
Blair M. Eig, pediatrics, Holy Cross Hospital, $375,982.
Ann B. Burke, medical director, Women and Infants’ Services, Holy Cross Hospital, $291,502.
Other Health Professionals
Physician assistant, National Institutes of Health, $123,269.
Nurse, Veterans Health Administration, $117,418.
Physical therapist, National Institutes of Health, $74,449.
Retail pharmacist, CVS, $132,000.
This feature first appeared in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.