Here's how much money doctors actually make

Doctor showing medical chart to patient in hospital room

By Lauren Friedman

Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2015 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 19,500 doctors in 26 specialties who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2014.

The average primary care doctor made $195,000; the average specialist made $284,000. But those averages hide quite a bit of variability based on different factors.