Physician compensation and job dissatisfaction both have increased since last year, according to the 2015 Medscape Physician Compensation Report. Recently released results from the annual survey revealed that most physicians saw a pay increase last year, with the average primary care physician earning $195,000 a year, and the average specialist making $284,000.

Employment status, therapeutic specialty and gender were key factors in physician compensation. Self-employed physicians and specialists earn more than employed physicians and specialists, and top-paid specialists include orthopedists, cardiologists and gastroenterologists.