Six-figure salaries are the norm for Dermatologists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $207K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and nearly two in five have dental, too. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dermatologists making up 53 percent of survey respondents.
Job Description for Dermatologist
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions involving the skin, nails and hair. A dermatologist can treat common conditions such as acne and skin rashes, as well as diagnose and treat more serious diseases. Dermatologists traditionally work as specialists in private practices, with many of their patients referred by primary care providers when this doctor's expertise is required.Read More...
Dermatologists frequently treat patients by examining the affected topical areas of the skin; these examinations may require the doctor to gently remove small surface layers of skin for further examination. The dermatologist may recommend or prescribe topical medication to help ease discomfort and restore the skin; in some cases, it may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics to deal with possible infections. Dermatologists also take samples and perform biopsies of moles, surface cysts and other skin anomalies to check for cancer in patients. If a serious condition is discovered, the doctor recommends and performs treatments such as surgical removals of affected areas, radiation treatment or chemotherapy. In these situations, typically the dermatologist consults with an oncologist and conducts further testing to determine if any cancers have spread.
Like other physicians, a dermatologist must complete an undergraduate degree and then four years of medical school. Dermatologists typically specialize in this area during medical school and then complete a residency and internship in the field; they also must obtain and maintain licensing to work as a physician.
- Read current literature and understand interactions between drugs and conditions.
- Explain, perform and evaluate procedures and treatments.
- Consult with patients, make diagnoses and amend the electronic health record.
- Participate in department and organization meetings, policy development and projects.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dermatologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $205K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $200K. Dermatologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $205K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $275K on average.
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