Doctors and Programmers

By Deane Barker on March 1, 2006

Are programmers overpaid?: Someone posted this simple question on one of Spolsky’s forums. The ensuing discussion was…rollicking.

The first comment started off the goodness:

I think the good ones are underpaid. If a medical doctor earns 200k to 300k a year, the good programmers should earn that.

This comment added to the fun:

My brother’s wife makes $350,000 a year as a dermatologist, and all she does is choose from five different sorts of creams to prescribe.

I’m guessing that someone pointed this thread out to a doctor, because the comments get really good after that. Worth skimming.

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