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maconmo
Up to my nose in Micro-Bio
09:57 AM on 05/14/2013
The last bastions of good wages. The MIC will begin the assault on those professions soon. The only people they think should be well paid are the corporate masters.
09:49 AM on 05/14/2013
too bad obamacare will make doctors poor
PROGRESSISGOOD
Without Economic Justice, There Is No Justice!
09:55 AM on 05/14/2013
good thing obamacare will provide health insurance to the lowest paid American workers.
09:56 AM on 05/14/2013
so they can keep leaching? great
10:23 AM on 05/14/2013
another myth involving the bill we "HAD TO PASS TO SEE WHAT'S IN IT". The lowest paid people are in fact excluded
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Donnaruth
Stand up all you lovers in the world
10:10 AM on 05/14/2013
Hmm. I wonder why so many doctors support it.
10:12 AM on 05/14/2013
do you always make up statements?
09:45 AM on 05/14/2013
While the hard working hispanic plumber jetted roots from my sewer line, I talked to his supervisor who mentioned the plumber made $160,000 last year and he was short 6 people in the Dallas area and 42 people statewide.

The hard working hispanic landscaper that came to cut the tree and remove the stump whose roots got into my sewer pipe mentioned that he was averaging $370 a day, both these guys worked their tails off and I was happy to pay them and get back to searching for some electronic technicians who could show up for work consistently. I called an electrical contractor friend this morning, but he said even at $30 an hour he was having trouble finding apprentices who could pass a drug test and show up on time.

If you're clean, have a trade skill and are willing to work, there's work in Texas. Put on your PPE and come on down. You may have to start at the bottom to prove your worth, how fast you climb the ladder is solely up to your core values and attitude. If you show initiative, employers will teach you a skill.

If you got a ribbon for showing up when you were 8 years old and now, in your 20's, expect a paycheck for just showing up, stay where you are.
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rafey
09:41 AM on 05/14/2013
73% of my gross income goes to malpractice insurance, mandated continuing education credits, state and federal license maintenance, maintenance fees for updating AC LS and PALS re certification courses, general practice overhead, transportation, and a few misc. items and, yes, taxes, taxes, taxxes. I work between 10 to 12 hour days and I allow myself 10 days off a year, spread out over time and I keep them pretty conservative ... and I listen to how 'rich' my patients tell me I am on a daily basis.
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gsn78613
Democrats make Soylent Green!
09:48 AM on 05/14/2013
You still have 27% left!!! How selfish of you to want to keep that for yourself! You only need 5%....with all that work you do, you shouldn't need to spend so much time on personal stuff like food and housing, just kidding. Oh and that's all pre-tax too...

The health care profession is abused and the quality will decline unless incentives are initiated to promote people entering the profession.
PROGRESSISGOOD
Without Economic Justice, There Is No Justice!
09:56 AM on 05/14/2013
If we didn't pay the worthless stock pushers on Wall Street so much of our GDP we could pay more to those who actually provide real value to the American people.
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ryanhayes77
The 2nd Amendment says "well-regulated" -- Fact.
10:03 AM on 05/14/2013
Do you believe other people get to keep more than 27% of their income for just goofin' around?
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Wayne Caswell
Consumer Advocate & Founder of Modern Health Talk
09:33 AM on 05/14/2013
I wonder how they calculated average CEO pay. Did they just look at multinational corporations, or did they include companies of all shapes and sizes, including bootstrapped startups? 'Sounds like the latter.
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oral surgeon
to Life/L'chaim
09:30 AM on 05/14/2013
it's a privilege and I am extraordinarily lucky to do what I do...it took a long time....didn't start "working" until I was 33 years old....16 years of post high school education and training....
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rafey
09:46 AM on 05/14/2013
As I noted above, it pays off less than it used to but, like you,I danced until I dropped for some 30 years ( just to begin working!) and, although I am past retirement age, am still paying off my student loan in addition to the costs that I itemized in my post above. It was a huge achievement that came with hundreds of hard knocks and sacrifices. But I see so many going under due to frivolous law suits and many outstanding physicians forced out by know-nothing government bureaucrats these days and it makes my stomach churn..
09:30 AM on 05/14/2013
Surprise, surprise, Doctors are the best paid professionals in America outside of corporate CEOs, Wall Street Hedge Fund Managers, and big league ball players. So try telling us all something that most of us don't know already. This is really not all that surprising when you consider the fact that health care costs are spiraling out of control and most of the good paying jobs that once allowed people outside of the aforementioned fields to live a comfortable middle class lifestyle are being shipped out of the country to cheap labor countries around the world just as fast corporate America can get the big tax breaks from the Federal government to move them out of the country.
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rafey
09:48 AM on 05/14/2013
You must have missed the part about how much of their income goes out the window to mandated insurance. etc., etc., etc. Did you miss that part? If so, go back and read it because that is the important part of the story. CEOs, etc. don't have that on their backs, nor did they have to climb a ladder as steep and as long.
PROGRESSISGOOD
Without Economic Justice, There Is No Justice!
09:59 AM on 05/14/2013
If we had a better system to deal with Medical malpractice so as to reduce the cost of insurance would we use those savings to give you a raise or to reduce the overall costs of health care services for the consumers?
09:30 AM on 05/14/2013
I married a physician. His salary looks pretty good on paper, but once we pay his medical school loans and other bills every month we're left with depressingly little money. I think my business major friends with no loans did a lot better than we did.
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gsn78613
Democrats make Soylent Green!
09:49 AM on 05/14/2013
Medical pays off in the looooonnnngggg term...in the early years times can be tough.
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rafey
09:49 AM on 05/14/2013
I empathize! Refer to my post, above.
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slocomgp
Reality has a liberal bias........
09:26 AM on 05/14/2013
Surprise, surprise, surprise.
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brooce
Industrial Artist
09:24 AM on 05/14/2013
The government has produced more low income jobs than even Walmart.
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rafey
09:52 AM on 05/14/2013
"Low income jobs" by which you mean fast food, etc? Those are not created by the government. Fire Dept. Police, Coast Guard, Military, National Security, Disaster Follow Up, etc. etc., .... are those the jobs you speak of because those are the ones created by the Government you seem to so despise.
PROGRESSISGOOD
Without Economic Justice, There Is No Justice!
10:00 AM on 05/14/2013
There are NO government jobs that pay minimum wage. All those minimum wage and below jobs are in the for-profit sector so the magnificent and powerful job creators can maximize their profits.
barts
Republicans can not be trusted.
09:23 AM on 05/14/2013
Hence we have a healthcare system that is out of control where a single aspirin costs more than $16.
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rafey
09:55 AM on 05/14/2013
It's the hospitals, managed by marketeers and accountants, and other greedy corporate folk, not physicians, who are in command of your bills. Physicians have absolutely no control over the price of anything in health care since the 80s. It was taken entirely out of their hands. If you want it to go back in their hands, then do something about it instead of believing a bunch of dribble from your know-nothing neighbor.
10:05 AM on 05/14/2013
20% of the Healthcare $ go to physician and clinical services. That's 1/2 Trillion $/year.

Together, hospital and physician spending accounts for more than half of all health spending.

Martin A et al. Health Aff 2011;30:11-22
barts
Republicans can not be trusted.
10:28 AM on 05/14/2013
I believe all of these components are complicit in creating unmanageable inflated pricing, including insurance industries and over zealous lawyers.
09:18 AM on 05/14/2013
ok...the lowest paying jobs are in food service/production.....great
10:13 AM on 05/14/2013
Cheap food requires cheap labor - it's just how it is
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babybuda
Tolling for the outcast....
09:17 AM on 05/14/2013
"The Best Paying Jobs In America"
Not mine....
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frank day
Obama cares about all of U.S.
09:17 AM on 05/14/2013
Physician salaries are outrageous because the AMA is a monopoly.
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oral surgeon
to Life/L'chaim
09:28 AM on 05/14/2013
c'mon.......doctors of all kinds spend decades in school and training....the costs are astronomical ....malpractice insurance, overhead to run a practice, etc....surgeons in particular are cut no slack for even the slightest error....and call schedules can be horrible...you have within the profession, a group of people that are totally committed to the well being of their patients....demand is high and supply is low in some places...the belief that all doctors make wagon loads of money is false...
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Janet68
09:54 AM on 05/14/2013
Try practicing medicine and only then will you understand.
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Amalek
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09:16 AM on 05/14/2013
The problem with these lists is they are averages.  In most jobs there is tremendous variation.  A CPA with a big firm makes over $1 million per year, while one at a small firm might make $100,000.  Same thing in law.  Less so in medicine - insurance companies and medicare make sure there is not that much variation among them. 
09:40 AM on 05/14/2013
Professor, I was just wondering yesterday that I have not seen any comment from you or from "Proud to be Liberal" for a long time, and I now see your comment! Strange and inexplicable how often I sometimes think of something like this after a long time and it immediately happens. Nice to hear from you.
I am myself thinking of going into comments hibernation and enjoy other people's informed comments for a while. But I love to exercise my right of free speech.
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Amalek
Highly decorated HP warrior
10:04 AM on 05/14/2013
Keep on writing. The struggle continues...