It's a sold income, that being said, $165,000 is NOT what doctors make "right out of college." First, doctors go to undergrad school. Then to medical school. After medical school they must complete years of low income residency work which involves working for countless hours. After then (around when you are in your late 20s or early 30s) you can then make that kind of money.
Also, keep in mind that malpractice insurance is exceptionally high for certain fields (OB/GYNs have some of the highest rates) and that will take a tremendous bite out of income. I would seriously advise focusing your career on something that you enjoy rather than on something you would do just to make money. 40 years is a long time to work in a field you hate.
According to PayScale.com, the median salary for an OB/GYN with 1 - 4 years of experience is $157,819. And OB/GYN salaries typically range from $131,348 to $200,676. So yes, I would say that $165k is a good starting salary for someone right out of college with a job as an OB/GYN.
If you want to get more accurate salary data for your specific OB/GYN position - taking location, qualifications, employment setting, and other factors into consideration - you can take PayScale's free salary survey. http://www.payscale.com/?src=yahooA
Hope that helps,
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Yes. That is very good.
Although I though you had to go to grad school or med school in order to become an ob/gyn
I could live very happily on $165k and I've been working for 34 years so I think that would be an outstanding salary for someone right out of college.
If you are asking this question, I can assure you that you will never make enough money to satisfy you, and you will wreck your life and those you love in trying to do so. Balance your life with non-monetary things - spiritual should be a good place to start. How is your spiritual bank account anyway?