What Is the Average Starting Salary of an OB GYN?

Doctors in various specialties make different amounts of money, and you may be wondering what the average starting salary for an OBGYN may be. While the starting salary can vary greatly depending on the state where the obstetrician gynecologist practices, the average is between $150,000 and $165,000 annually with the low being somewhere around $110,000 and the high being as much as $250,000 a year. These numbers are based on surveys done each year, taking into account the salaries of various physicians and medical facilities.


A physical location of where a OBGYN chooses to practice can have a great impact on how much money they make. In general, OBGYNs in large cities earn 25 to 35 percent less than those who work in smaller towns. One reason is that the demand for doctors is greater in rural areas. Another reason is that the competition for jobs in major cities is much greater. 

The region of the United States where they lives can also have a large impact on how much money they earn. Based on some posted starting salaries, OB GYN’s looking for work in the following towns and states can expect to make very different sums of money:

  • Lebanon, Missouri, the starting salary is $250,000
  • Greenwood, Mississippi, it is $240,000
  • Marinette, Wisconsin, it is $230,000
  • Johnson, New York, it is $225,000
  • Six Lakes, Michigan, it is $200,000
  • Machias, Maryland it is $195,000
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina it is $180,000
  • Bakersfield, California it is $158,000
  • Jamaica, New York, it is  $145,000
  • St. Louis, Missouri, it is $130,000
  • Dover, Delaware, it is $125,000


OB GYN's starting out in the field often work in conjunction with more experienced physicians who already have their own practice. In this way, they can learn about the business. After gaining this valuable experience, they can begin working independently in their own practices. One of the great advantages is that they can then set their own schedules. As a result, many only work six hours a day, three to four days a week, in order to earn their $150,000 to $200,000 annual salary, making their earnings per hour fairly substantial. For those wanting to earn more, they can spend one or two of their days off working at a practice in another location.


As an OBGYN gains experience, they can expect their annual salaries to increase, especially if the OBGYN continues learning more about the field and becomes certified in a specialized area. Specializations allow the OBGYN to perform more procedures and to see a greater number of patients with a wider range of medical issues. 


Depending on where they are employed, they can receive productivity bonuses. While these types of perks are most often given to physicians with more experience, a new OBGYN can negotiate a bonus with the potential employer during the hiring process. Many health care providers will be amenable to the idea that the OBGYN should receive a bonus based on productivity, and this bonus can be up to an additional 20 percent of the physician’s base salary. Many companies do not offer bonuses, instead they offer a guaranteed raise between 10 to 15 percent a year once a doctor secures a 3 year contract.