However, on average, the data shows that doctors earn more than lawyers. To the surprise of some, the reality is that the discrepancy isn't even close. At first glance, it seems easy to determine that a doctor is paid much more than a lawyer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the average salaries for both doctors and lawyers, so it is clear that the number of doctors is higher.
But average wages are the midpoint of a salary list for an occupation, meaning that half of the list earns more and the other half earns less. Therefore, a doctor who is just starting out would be at the lower end of the list of doctors, while an experienced lawyer with a good reputation would be at the upper end of the list of lawyers, possibly with a higher salary than doctors. Other factors, including specialties, also make a difference, as some types of doctors earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more than others, and the same goes for different types of lawyers. But one thing is certain; when you have to go to one or the other, both take away a lot of your salary.
Being a lawyer is a well-paying job, if you can get it.