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What Is the Average Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) Physician Salary in 2024?

There’s a lot to what makes a physician job a good one, particularly in today’s healthcare environment. While not the only piece, salary is a big part of whether a job ultimately ends up being a good fit. You should know your worth and ask for it. Having access to salary data allows this. For doctors practicing obstetrics and gynecology, having salary transparency about what the average OBGYN salary is (and information about other typical parts of the compensation package) is essential to leverage during your contract negotiations for a new job. 

On our physician communities, we’ve seen so many physicians express that they’ve been undervalued in the marketplace, and have therefore tried to provide both concrete data points as well as compile aggregate physician salary data on what doctors make, and making it available to our members for free, as opposed to having to pay for expensive databases.

Reported averages on physician salaries depend on several factors. Given the wide range of compensation across specialties, specialty is one of the largest factors in answering the question of how much doctors make. We’ve started this series on compensation data by specialty to assess aggregate data from our physician salary and compensation database provided by physicians across the country.

Other factors such as hours worked, location, and practice environment all play a large role as well, so we look at differences in some of these categories within the specialty as well. Unless otherwise noted, the data included in our analysis below was collected from mid-2023 through mid-2024.

Last updated: June 2024, to update salary averages with new data received. Thank you to our PSG members!

Disclaimers/Disclosures: This information is derived from our physician salary and compensation databases, but is subject to self-reporting errors and availability of relevant data points from our online communities. This information is provided for educational purposes only, and is aimed at advocating for individual physicians. It is not intended to be used for collective bargaining; please see additional disclosures and disclaimers on the physician salary data pages. Please also do your own research before making any decisions based on the information provided. We do not provide individualized advice and are not formal financial, legal, or otherwise licensed professionals. We highly recommend having your physician employment agreement reviewed by a physician contract review attorney to ensure you have the most up to date and relevant information for your specific situation.

Average annual salary for an OBGYN physician for 2024

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Average OBGYN Salary in 2024

The average annual salary across all of our contributing OBGYN members was $370,000, including physicians practicing obstetrics and gynecology part time and full time. This is data for attending physicians only and excludes residents and fellows.

A single average annual salary can be misleading, as several factors affect salary. We break this number down further to help you find more relevant comparison points.

Average Full-Time OBGYN Salary for 2024

Part-time salaries can skew the overall average, so let’s look at full-time versus part-time separately.

For a full-time equivalent, we assumed an average number of hours worked a week of 36 hours or more. We omitted any data points that did not specify their average.

The average salary for a full-time OB-GYN doctor was $375,000. To give you an idea on the range of the salary around the average, a few extra stats:

  • The highest reported salaries for OBGYN were in the $900,000 - $1,000,000 a year range.

  • The lowest reported salaries for full time OBGYNs were in the $200,000 a year range.

  • The median salary for full-time OBGYNs was $342,000.

Average Part-Time OBGYN Salary for 2024

Several of our physician members reported working part-time.

To assess a part-time average, we looked at attending physicians who reported working 16-35 hours a week. We don’t have enough data points to break this down further, so please consider contributing if you haven’t already for future updates to this page. Find links to contribute on our physician salary and compensation data page.

The average part-time OB-GYN salary in 2024 was $323,000.

How Much OB-GYNs Make by Specialization

We had a few different specialties OBGYN doctors could select when contributing to our databases. Since specialization can pay heavily into salary, let’s look at the average salary breakdown by these specialization categories. These numbers are for doctors that reported working 36+ hours per week or more.

Average OB-GYN salary for 2024 by specialization

  • General obstetrics/gynecology salary: $376,000

  • Gynecology only salary: $289,000

  • Family medicine physicians with OB salary: $302,000

  • Maternal and fetal medicine salary: $513,000

  • Obstetrics/gynecology hospitalist salary: $297,000

  • Reproductive endocrinology salary: $461,000

  • Urogynecology salary: $402,000

Outside of any other factors we look into below, maternal and fetal medicine OBGYNs reported the highest average salary for specialties, while gynecology only and hospitalists reported the lowest salaries for 2024.

The following subspecialties or categories did not have enough data points to populate aggregate data for:

  • Obstetrics only

  • Gynecological oncology

If you’re in these subspecialties or categories, please consider contributing to the physician salary and compensation data so that we can add them in future updates.

OBGYN Salary by Gender

We looked at reported salaries for full-time physicians who reported working 36+ hours a week and compared what our female physicians averaged compared to their male counterparts, excluding all other factors (such as specialization, location, etc.).

Female OBGYN doctors reported an average salary of $368,000. Male OBGYNs reported an average salary of $436,000.

When looking strictly at the average salaries overall, our male doctors averaged 18% higher than our female doctors.

OBGYN Salary by Practice Environment

Looking at full-time (36+ hours a week average) attending OBGYNs, we broke the data down by where our members reported working to assess the average pay differences by practice environment.

  • Corporate group, non private equity - $392,000

  • Corporate group, private equity - $361,000

  • FQHC and other non-profits - $296,000

  • Government - not enough data points to assess

  • Group private practice, non private equity backed - $367,000

  • Group private practice, private equity backed - $402,000

  • Academic hospital employee - $345,000

  • Non-academic hospital employee - $402,000

  • Solo private practice - not enough data points to assess

Average OB/GYN pay in annual salary (2024) by practice environment

Looking at data just by practice environment, OBGYNs working for FQHC and other non-profits reported the lowest salaries. These positions often, however, qualify for Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which can be a significant benefit in the overall compensation package, which is one of the reasons we say to consider not just the salary but the entire proposed offer.

Our non-academic hospital employee OB/GYNs made an average 17% more than their academic counterparts, outside of other factors and compensation components.

Our private equity backed group private practice physicians made more than our non-private equity backed. Interestingly, in private groups and in our other specialties we’ve covered, such as family medicine average salary and average pediatrician salary, we’ve seen the general overall trend to be the opposite.

Our private equity backed group private practice physicians made more than our non-private equity backed. In our other specialties we’ve covered, such as family medicine average salary and average pediatrician salary, we’ve seen the general overall trend to be the opposite. When looking at our OB GYN physicians, we noted that we had a higher number of owners/partners reported for private equity backed practices, which can skew the data, so make sure you’re comparing specifics with our full salary and compensation data.

OB-GYN Salary by Type of Employment

When submitting data, our physician members indicated their type of employment. Looking at full-time attending OBGYNs (36+ average hours a week):

  • 1099 (single entity regular job, 1099 arrangement) - not enough data to assess

  • W2 employee - $368,000 a year

  • Locums/per diem - not enough data to assess*

  • Partner/owner - $439,000 a year

All other factors aside, partners and owners averaged 19% higher than W2 employees.

Related PSG resources to explore:

* We have a separate locums pay and compensation data set, and have looked at the statistics on locum tenens compensation for doctors separately, where there is much more data about this.

OBGYN Salary by Location

We looked at salary differences among states for full-time (36+ average hours a week) OBGYN doctors. States with less than 10 data points were omitted from our analysis. If you don’t see your state listed and want to see where it stacks up, contribute your physician salary and compensation data today.

  • California - $437,000 a year

  • Colorado - $319,000 a year

  • Florida - $355,000 a year

  • Georgia - $426,000 a year

  • Illinois - $392,000 a year

  • Indiana - $465,000 a year

  • Maryland - $350,000 a year

  • Massachusetts - $291,000 a year

  • Michigan - $301,000 a year

  • Minnesota - $317,000 a year

  • Missouri - $383,000 a year

  • New Jersey - $280,000 a year

  • New York - $345,000 a year

  • North Carolina - $452,000 a year

  • Pennsylvania - $330,000 a year

  • Texas - $395,000 a year

  • Virginia - $369,000 a year

The highest paid state (Indiana) pays 66% more than the salary of the lowest paid state (New Jersey), highlighting the difference in the average salaries depending on which state our physician members live in and the importance of geographic arbitrage. While city and local metropolitan areas can factor heavily into the cost of living, and how much a physician actually brings home depends on state and local taxes, assessing different salary options across the country and comparing them to the cost of living can give physicians the potential to geoarbitrage if they are willing to move. Just make sure you know what is included in cost of living comparisons (taxes are often excluded and can be significant).

How Much OBGYNs Make by Hours Worked

Medicine can often be an “eat what you kill” industry, so we wanted to look at how average salaries varied in 2024 by reported hours worked for our full-time attending OB/GYNs. Some of our members reported working 81+ hours a week, but the vast majority fell into the averages below. 

How much OBGYNs make on average a year by hours worked

  • 36-40 hours a week average - $354,000 a year

  • 41-45 hours a week average - $346,000 a year

  • 46-50 hours a week average - $375,000 a year

  • 51-60 hours a week average - $388,000 a year

  • 61-70 hours a week average - $431,000 a year

We usually see a trend where income increases slightly with hours worked. While that’s the case for 41 or more hours a week, interestingly, our 36-40 hours a week OBGYNs actually reported higher average salaries than our 41-45 hours a week doctors. This may be subspecialty related.

As an aside, we know that so many OB/GYNs spend a lot of time at home charting. You may have heard us talking about AI scribes on the physician communities. They are becoming more and more widespread, and can dramatically decrease the amount of time you spend charting. 

Changes in OBGYN Salary Over Time

As noted above, the data analyzed included contributions from mid 2023 to mid 2024, reflecting data from our most recent salary and compensation database.

We also dug into our previous salary database we started in 2018 to get an idea of the trends in average pay for OBGYNs over time. To compare relative data, we continued to look only at OBGYN doctors out of residency/fellowship who worked on average 36+ hours a week. For 2023, we combined the data from the old data and the new database, cutting off entries at the transition point to help omit any overlapping or duplicate information.

Average OB-GYN salary by year

  • 2018-2019: $280,000

  • 2020-2021: $326,000 (16% increase)

  • 2022-2023: $356,000 (9% increase)

With our average salary for OBGYNs of $375,000 from our new database covering mid 2023 to mid 2024, we can see salaries continuing to increase for 2024. We hope with continued salary transparency, this trend will continue.

Increasing Your OBGYN Salary

If the information above has you questioning your current salary, there are a few different ways to increase your income as an OBGYN. But a reminder first: look at the overall picture, taking into consideration all the factors included above and others, such as other compensation in the overall employment package such as amount of PTO, call responsibilities, 401(k) match, etc. 

Salary is a key component to physician compensation, but it isn’t the only part of a well negotiated physician employment contract.

If you like where you work but don’t love the pay, consider setting aside a time to talk with management. If you are a valued part of their team, they may be willing to work with you to renegotiate your contract versus risking you leaving. Their answer may be no, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Be practical in what you’re expecting and respectful in your request. Diving deeper into the salary and compensation data for physicians for comparable situations can help you get a target idea of what to try to renegotiate for.

Looking for additional career opportunities can also help. Sometimes, an employer may either not be able to or just not willing to work with you to get you to where you should be. That doesn’t mean every job will come with the same constraints. Interviewing for a few other positions can give you a feel of what the market looks like from the employer’s perspective by what employers are willing to offer. Explore open opportunities on our Physician Side Gigs job board, and explore all our physician career resources and education to help you navigate the job search process.

While we think the data above and in our database can be a great tool during the negotiation process, we almost always also recommend hiring a local contract review attorney for physicians to review your contract. They will have invaluable experience when it comes to negotiating physician contracts, including understanding what red flags to watch out for.

If you’re looking to increase your income as an OBGYN but are already at or above your market’s rate, you have options in this situation as well. Opportunities to consider include:

  • Lactation consulting

  • Expert witness work

  • Working as an advisor for a women’s health startup

Explore side gigs for OBGYNs for more information on these and other ways to increase your income.

Additional Salary and Career Resources for OBGYNs

Explore our related articles and resources on doctor compensation and salaries: 

If you haven’t recently, please take a few minutes to contribute! The data provided is used only for the purpose of our database to help physicians like yourself negotiate better compensation by helping provide salary transparency with relevant data. The data is completely anonymous and is only available to members of our Physician Side Gigs Facebook group. Contribution links can be found on our compensation data for physicians page.

Looking for a new career opportunity? Explore the Physician Side Gigs job board for current opportunities.

If you need guidance on negotiating your next contract for the best possible deal, check out:

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