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Gov't medical salaries may top governor's

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- In many state and local governments, the top salary is not the governor's or the mayor's, it is those working in the medical field, a U.S. study indicates.

The Sunshine Review, a non-profit organization that compiles public sector salary and budgetary data, found some medical personnel earn more than the governor in many states. For example, in 2010, the average governor's salary was $130,595, while in Jacksonville, Fla., the top salary for 2011 was $208,119 for an employee in the medical examiner's office. Florida's governor earned $130,273 in 2010.

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Meanwhile, in Chicago, the president of Cook County earned $170,000 a year in 2011, while many medical county employees make more than double that. For example, the Cook County healthcare chief executive officer earned $500,000 a year, a county surgeon earned $444,239, the chairman of internal medicine earned $450,000, an attending physician earned $431,797, the chief financial officer of the bureau of health services earned $350,000, the medical division chairman earned $422,751 and the medical department associate chair-surgery earned $368,116.

Some of the top public sector medical field salaries nationwide included the Los Angeles senior physician, who earned $430,909 in 2009; the Los Angeles chief physician, who made $423,534 in 2009; the Dallas medical examiner/director of the institute forensic sciences, who made $247,687 in 2011; and the Milwaukee medical forensic director, who earned $222,700 in 2010.

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