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My father is a surgeon and I have seen him work harder than anyone else I personally know. He was a janitor growing up and he has told me that he only got where he is today through hard work and perserverance. He had to pay his way through college and med school (which requires an insane amount of discipline to pass) since his dad was only a farmer. I am sick of people claiming that doctors don't deserve the money they make. He was in school until he was 31! I work at a fast food restaraunt since I'm only in college and I can see why he gets payed more- I can't save anyones life but he can and does everyday!
People really need to quit complaining about why they don't get payed six figures and go make it happen... this is America- land of oportunity!! In no other country could my father have become a surgeon
WOW, I am shocked that doctors make the best money and that fast food/cafeteria workers make the least. So glad that Forbes magazine figured this out for us.
Badly done, politically motivated article. It makes our healthcare people look like they are all getting rich when they are not. In fact, the economic incentive for doctors in particular is so negative these days that medical schools are begging for applicants and in 10 years, we are headed for a doctor shortage. Why? Malpractice premiums. OBs are Class 8 risks as are GasDocs, BoneDocs and Cardiac Surgeons. Average premium in California: $14,000 a month. Most of these $250K gross people are netting $80k. Thats after 4 years of college, 4 years of med school, an internship where they made less than miniumum wage given the hours worked, 4 - 6 years residency where the pay was also less than your average handyman and a 2 year fellowship. They are $250K in debt when they hang their shingle and if they code some medicare DRG the wrong way for a $500 fee, they get fined $10,000 or could go to jail. Yeah. I'll sign up for that. Now Obamacare is going to cut their pay more. DeTocquville was right: The flaw in democracy is that eventually you end up with the government you deserve.
In reference to the highest and lowest of jobs in America: each and every living soul that does an honest days work is to be commended and respected.
Without the builder, electrician, nurse, custodian, maintenance worker, cook, etc...., it would be very difficult for the "Surgeon" to have the hospital or clinic to work in.
A person should not be judged for not choosing or not having the ability to pursue an education.
In all reality, no one has the right to judge.
Just treat all with respect because you never know, there may come a point in time where the "Surgeon" ends up being taken care of by the 'lowest paid" employee in an assisted living facility.
It's not about how much money you have, it's about how much respect you have earned, because respect my friends can never be taken from you.
I know it is off subject, but, this is in reply to indangered's comment.
You ask who would get the work done if all the illegals, not just the mexicans, but, the russians, the asians, the hatians and cubans, even the european and canadian illegals were gone? The answer is simple. Tax paying Americans. And because of that, employers would be forced to pay a decent wage once again. Have you ever considered where good schools, nice roads, and safe neighborhoods come from? The answer is taxes. Do you know who doesn't pay taxes in this country? Illegal immigrants. Do you know who pays their share .Us, Honest, hard working, tax paying, Americans. Imagine if tomorrow all the illegals were gone. Millions of jobs would come available to those who were born here, raised here, and pay taxes to the country they love. Money would be injected into the economy in the form of spending and not sent away to another countries economy to support their families. And once again this nation would be strong.
Better add fireman, policeman & garbage collector in Pittsburgh, PA to that list! The mayor is trying to lower their wage to minimum wage $7.25 an hour! Here in AZ our fast food workers get paid more than that!!!!!
If it wasn't for our fast food workers, etc., noone would be feeding their faces or drinking their coffee's etc! If they would all band together & walk out someone in that "corner office" just might pay attention!
And no I am not a fast food worker I am just someone who gets sick of watching people treat these worker's like they are scum!
Are you kidding? If you think minimum wage is $18,760, your sadly mistaken.
I have never earned that much! A single, divorced, working mother, raising 2 children w/out child support, I never made more then $16,000 a year and that was working an 8/5 and a 4/5. The most I ever made was $7 an hour and that was temp. Most low income jobs will only pay around $6. an hour or less. Employers know the tricks to pay as little as possible. About 5 years ago I worked for a retirement home and was paid only $5. an hour. The only way to reduce the countries debt and tax's is to stop paying people to have babies. I myself was the youngest of 9 in a welfare family. My mother, like so many others, had babies to increase there welfare checks. I seen what goes on inside. All anyone has to do is get pregnant and there in for a free ride, then they just keep having babies to increase there income from welfare. It is a way of life for generations of families. I know welfare was taken over by SSI, but things are still the same." In my opinion" if a woman continues having children while on assistance, they should be removed from the program! Stop paying people to have babies! The nations debt is largely based on this problem. Fight to stop this injustice on our tax's! Stop welfare families!
thanks for the groundbreaking research, msn. who would've ever guessed doctors make a ton of money and fast food workers don't?
I am alive today because of a heart surgeon who put in a pig valve and did a bypass. He is
worth every penny he earns. If somebody wants more money than what they make flipping
burgers then go to school and qualify for a bigger pay check.
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