5 Lowest Paid Career Choices for Doctors

Medicine is a high-paying and rewarding specialty, and it comes with a lot of perks as well as responsibilities. 

But despite the high pay structure, what actually involves this profession is relentless hard work and a huge pile of student debt. And when your specialty doesn’t pay you that well, you end up paying up these debts up till your old age, which can prove to be taxing and troublesome for your well-being and peace of mind. 

Here are a few of the lowest-paying medical specialties in a nutshell. 


More popularly known as child specialists, this field is the most indispensable yet most poorly compensated out of all the specialties. 

The range of treatment and the risk involved is intense, from vaccinations to the treatment of disorders for children and from simple flu to a degenerative disorder. Yet, pediatricians earn as low as $189,000.

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Family Medicine

Ranking just after Pediatricians, family medicine practitioners deal with primary healthcare, preventive care for familial disorders, and many more, yet they remain to be the lowest paid on the list. However, a 10 percent increase has been recorded since 2013 to a figure of $195,000 a year.


Dealing with the hormone secreting organs, endocrinologists have been entrusted with the task of treating conditions like Hypo and Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, and many more. But the remuneration they receive still ranks amongst the lowest of all specialties amounting to 206,000 dollars per annum.

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HIV/Infectious Diseases Specialists

As serious are the implications of HIV/AIDS and many other infectious disorders, some of which can be life-threatening, the remuneration for doctors belonging to this specialty is considerably low as compared to other specialties standing at approximately $215000 per annum. 

Allergy Specialists

Allergies are elevated hypersensitivity reactions that occur in the body due to exposure to certain agents that elicit these responses known as allergens. Allergies can sometimes be life-threatening, and many emergency treatments are required in some cases. Allergy specialists can earn up to 222,000 dollars per annum. 

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