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Doctors take top spots on ranking of highest paid professions in Kansas

August 25, 2011


— A new report from the state Labor Department finds that orthodontists were the top average hourly wage earners in Kansas last year, with doctors accounting for seven of the nine top slots.

The 2011 edition of the Kansas Wage Survey report is based on several measurements and contains data collected from November 2007 through 2010.

The report shows Kansas orthodontists earned an hourly average of $117.36 in 2010.

The average wage for all of Kansas in May 2010 was $18.89, up by 37 cents from 2009. The statewide average is higher than those in Nebraska and Oklahoma, but lower than Colorado and Missouri.

The survey looks at the wages of full and part-time, nonfarm workers, not counting self-employed workers, owners and partners in unincorporated firms.


TikiLee 6 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to make the "average wage" in Kansas. :-/

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 8 months ago

That's almost an average of $250,000 a year for orthodontists, just under $25,000 for the Kansas average.

Lesson: education is good.

Susan Mangan 6 years, 8 months ago

Umm...where'd you get that $25,000 amount from? The "average" employee works about 2,000 hours a year. At $18.89 per hour, that works out to almost $38,000 a year. Using the "simpler" 40-hour week, 52-week year, it amounts to over $39,000, annually. Granted, it's still well below the amount an orthodontist makes (although the one dentist friend I have finished school with a $150,000 student loan), it's not quite as bad as the $25,000 you wrote.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 8 months ago

Don't be daft. The rich should be taxed to a level that reflects their responsibility to a society and infrastructure that allowed them to become rich.

35% seems reasonable to me.

Jock Navels 6 years, 8 months ago

7 of the top 9 paying occupations are doctors....and health care costs are out of control...any connection here? seems to me health care costs are pretty inelastic...if an appendectomy costs 4 grand, people who need one will get one. if the same appendectomy costs 20 grand, those people will still get one. Monopoly pricing. Needs to be regulated.

tikiman 6 years, 8 months ago

Heathcare costs are out of control. Yes. However did you know the physicians get paid more than 20% less than they did for the same surgical procedures than they did 12 years ago, and more than 25% less than 20 years ago. These prices are regulated. The insurance companies set the price and their top priority is to make money for their investors. so dont blame the physicians. If medicare and insurance companies keep decreasing reimbursement, many physcians may not be able to afford their practices. Be careful what you wish for

kernal 6 years, 8 months ago

One of the reasons healthcare costs are so high is because of all the support staff that are now needed for every doctor due to regulations added on the past fifteen years. You need a medical biller, a coder, a receptionist, a nurse or two, an office manager, an answering service, you have annual malpractice insurance premiums for what would have bought a 2000 square foot house in the '70's and the costs of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Gone are the days when all you needed was a nurse and a receptionist who only had to fill out a claim form, attach the doctor's bill and mail it to the health insurer.

C.D. Henning 6 years, 8 months ago

Insurance companies do everything they can to not pay timely. Single payer now!

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