Otolaryngologists in the United States take home an average $293K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Otolaryngologists who answered the questionnnaire.
Job Description for Otolaryngologist
Most of the time, otolaryngologists work at hospitals or medical clinics. They may also have their own practice or partner with other otolaryngologists. They must be medical doctors, which means they must have graduated from medical school. They must be competent in treating patients that have diseases or disorders in their ears, noses, and/or throats. They must also be familiar with structures related to the head and neck.Read More...
Prior to treating existing patients, they must review their charts or records. They must analyze notes taken by their medical assistants or nurses. They must analyze patients' current vital signs, such as temperature, weight, and blood pressure. They must listen to patients and analyze symptoms that are described by patients. Prior to prescribing medication, they must ask what medicines their patients are currently taking to make sure that drugs do not harmfully conflict with each other. They must have a good bedside manner. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Some employers prefer that their doctors belong to relevant professional organizations.
They must be up to date with matters relevant to their field by taking classes, reading medical journals, and attending various conferences. They may have to meet with representatives from pharmaceutical companies to inquire further about new drugs that may be beneficial to their patients. They must be willing to be trained to use various medical instruments that are used to treat patients. They may have to travel to attend conferences relevant to their occupation. They may have to mentor or supervise medical interns.
- Examine patients' ear, nose, throat, sinuses, larynx, and general head and neck areas.
- Perform head and neck surgeries for a variety of conditions.
- Provide treatment plans for conditions as varied as hearing loss, allergies, cancer, and disorders of taste and smell.
- Diagnose and rule out conditions, ordering laboratory tests if needed for confirmation.
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Pay by Experience Level for Otolaryngologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $277K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $336K. Otolaryngologists bring in $306K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $310K.