How Much Does OB-GYN Make?
Who Is An OB-GYN?
The field of medicine is about the broadest if not the broadest of all human fields of studies. Medicine has various specialties with each specialty having its subspecialties. Due to its vastness, a medical professional can practice two or more subspecialties of medicine simultaneously. An OB-GYN is one of such.
Going by its literal meaning, OB-GYN is an acronym that combines two closely related subspecialties of medicine. OB represents Obstetrics, a field of medicine that specializes in giving care to women during and after pregnancy. A professional in this specialty is called an obstetrician. GYN represents Gynaecology, a specialty of medicine that specializes in treating any conditions associated with the female reproductive organs. A professional in this field is a Gynaecologist. Thus, an OB-GYN is a medical professional that combines the practice of obstetrics and gynecology simultaneously. This simply means that OB-GYN is a subspecialty of the medical field that serves women only, caring for them from puberty to menopause and, even beyond. So, an OB-GYN will help provide contraceptive options to women, screen for gynecologic cancers, deliver babies, and perform major surgeries among other duties.
How Much Does An OB-GYN Make?
Because they combine two extremely important jobs, OB-GYNs are worth every penny employers spend on them. There is no fixed salary amount for OB-GYNs as even professionals working in the same country but in different states do not earn the same salary. That notwithstanding, there’s a salary average.
In the United States, for instance, the lowest-paid OB-GYN earned an estimated $175,470 annually while the best-paid earned $208,000 within the same period in 2020. In the same vein, OB-GYNs working in some metropolitan areas earn better than their counterparts in other areas. The metropolitan areas that pay the highest OB-GYN salaries in the United States are:
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin with an annual salary of $294,450
- Tulsa, Oklahoma with an annual salary of $294,400
- Albuquerque, New Mexico with an annual salary of $292,740
- Salt Lake City, Utah with an annual salary of $292,740
- San Diego, California with an annual salary of $289,920
Likewise, some states pay these professionals better than other states do. The states and districts that pay OB-GYNs the highest mean salary in the United States are:
In the United Kingdom, however, the average OB-GYN salary is £93,764 annually or £48.08 per hour. OB-GYNs at entry-level earn £90,126 per year while their most experienced colleagues make up to £98,552 annually.
When the average salary of an OB-GYN is compared to that of other medical professionals such as surgeons, physicians, pediatricians, and nurse midwives, it is crystal clear that they are not being marginalized or alienated.
How To Be An OB-GYN
Just like professionals in other medical fields, you must graduate from an accredited medical school where you must have spent a minimum of four years, complete a post-graduate residency, and possibly complete a fellowship before you can become a certified OB-GYN. The entire process will take at least eight years of intense studying, writing, and passing various professional examinations.
Training as an OB-GYN in the United Kingdom is a run thorough program and there is no separation between core and specialty training. The program lasts for seven years during which time you are expected to pass professional exams like MRCOG part 1 between ST2 and ST3 years and MRCOG part 2 and 3 between ST5 and ST6.
Non-UK/EEA medical graduates who wish to pursue the program in the UK are required to have obtained foundation training or its equivalent either outside the UK or inside the UK. In absence of foundation training, they are required to get into the foundation training by UKFPO. In addition to that, non-UK/EEA students are advised to have a Certificate of Readiness To Enter Specialty Training (CREST) form signed by their overseas consultants if they worked under them for at least three months.
The UKFPO’s foundation training is however not for applicants who have finished formal internship/house jobs following graduation. If you are yet to do your internship/house job after graduation, you are advised to do so before moving to the UK.
Training as an OB-GYN in the United States is quite different from the training program in the UK. In the US, you will spend at least twelve years in active training before you can become licensed. Within the twelve years, you must get a bachelor’s degree, go to medical school, complete a residency, and get a medical license. If you wish to specialize in an additional field say Gynecology Oncology, for instance, you’d have to spend another three years of study in form of a fellowship bringing everything to fifteen years.
Like medicine itself, OB-GYN has various other subspecialties. Some of the subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) include:
Gynecologic Oncology: professionals in this area of specialty manage and treat cancers of the reproductive system through surgery, chemotherapy, and palliative care.
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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility: professionals in this field handle the treatment of hormonal and infertility problems using techniques such as laparoscopic surgery, and in vitro fertilization.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine: this specialty handles the treatment of routine and high-risk obstetrical cases using techniques such as obstetric ultrasonography and other fetal procedures.
Critical Care Medicine: professionals in this specialty have expertise in diagnosing, treating, and supporting critically ill and injured patients.
Complex Family Planning: this specialty deals with abortion and contraception through training in clinical care, research, and education.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine: this area of specialty deals with preventing and relieving the pain and suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses.
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: professionals in this area of specialty handle the treatment of disorders of the genitourinary system through surgery, cystoscopy, and urodynamics.
As much as the aforementioned subspecialties and more do exist, OB-GYNs are at liberty to either specialize in just one or more fields or to practice general OB-GYN. So, it is in your place to decide to limit yourself or not.
We do hope you found this article educative and helpful.