Salaries for both obstetrician-gynecologists and family-practice physicians fell 11% in the 12-month period ended March 30, 2005, according to a new survey by Delta Physician Search, a division of Dallas-based Delta Medical Consulting.
For the fourth quarter of 2004, the specialties in highest demand were internal medicine and orthopedic surgery. The largest percentage increases in starting compensation were in general surgery (21%), emergency medicine (15%) and hospitalist (14%).
In its survey of salaries and employment trends, the search firm and consulting company found that the specialties that took the longest to fill were cardiology, hospitalist, internal medicine, neurology and orthopedics.
The survey also showed that about 35% of employers offered student-loan repayment and that they provided an average of about $7,600 for relocation expenses.