Compensation for Dermatologists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($205K). Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Dermatologists (57 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Dermatologists is extremely high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and two in five earn dental coverage.
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.
- Consult with patients, make diagnoses and amend the electronic health record.
- Participate in department and organization meetings, policy development and projects.
- Read current literature and understand interactions between drugs and conditions.
- Explain, perform and evaluate procedures and treatments.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dermatologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $204K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($202K) on average. Dermatologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $203K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $254K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
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