A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in treating women's reproductive systems. Many gynecologists also work as obstetricians, who deal with pregnancy and childbirth. These doctors, who are normally trained in both fields concurrently, are called OB/GYNs, for short. Obstetrics and gynecology can be a very lucrative field, as many gynecologists can eventually earn in excess of $200,000 annually.
The mean annual wage for obstetricians and gynecologists was $218,610 as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to a 2008 Socioeconomic Survey of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the median net income, including retirement savings, was more than $277,081. A doctor just starting out is more likely to earn less, with those in the 25th percentile earning $167,810 and those in the 10th percentile earning $116,420, according to the BLS. Those figures nonetheless make gynecologists some of the best-paid medical specialists, according to the bureau.
Salary by Industry:
Gynecologists primarily worked in two major industries, according to the bureau: education and health care. Those in educational services earned a mean annual wage of $124,740, with the 25th percentile making $50,560 and the 10th percentile only $41,790. On the other hand, those in health care made a mean annual wage of $220,550, with those in the 25th percentile making $170,040 and those in the 10th percentile making $122,570.
Salary by State:
Wyoming was the most lucrative state for OB/GYNs, with a mean annual wage of $250,630, according to the bureau -- the only state where they averaged more than $250,000 in salary. Even those in the 10th percentile earned $176,190, also a high among the 50 states and District of Columbia. The District was actually the least lucrative "state" for gynecologists, with a mean wage of $150,160 annually and the 10th percentile earning only $32,600.
By way of comparison, general practitioners earned a mean annual wage of $177,330, according to the bureau. Those in the 25th percentile earned $127,020 and those in the 10th percentile earned $86,880. As a more specialized doctor, an internist made a mean annual wage of $189,210, with those in the 25th percentile earning $136,050 and those in the 10th earning $67,780.