Physician / Doctor, Anesthetist Salary

Average pay for an Anesthetist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $245K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Anesthetists who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Anesthetists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while approximately half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to two in five. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Anesthetist

An anesthetist is a physician who plays a crucial role in patient care and surgery. They work as part of the surgical team to ensure that proper levels of general or local anesthetic are properly delivered, as well as monitor the effects of the anesthetic on the patient throughout the procedure. While in many common surgical situations, a trained nurse anesthetist is utilized in a similar role, doctors trained in the specialty are generally sought for more complex and delicate operations, particularly those involving the central nervous system and other vital organs.


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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Anesthetist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $221K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $256K. On average, Anesthetists make $257K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $296K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Anesthetist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


28 %
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 18%