Wages for Dermatologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($211K) per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Dermatologists making up 53 percent of survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and roughly two-fifths have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$80,614 - $340,743|
|Bonus||$51.06 - $72,719|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$68,000 - $340,984|
|Hourly Rate||$9.70 - $154.56|
|Overtime||$2.07 - $90.95|
|Bonus||$51.06 - $72,719|
|Total Pay (||$68,000 - $340,984|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Dermatologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Dermatologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. During the first five years of their careers, Dermatologists see a median income of $204K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $205K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $210K in this role. Dermatologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $290K.
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