Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salary

Average pay for a Neurologist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $196K per year. Overall incomes of Neurologists generally bottom out at around $98K and peak near $319K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $51K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Male Neurologists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for Neurologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$97,469 - $304,878
(Median)
$97K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $195,643
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$16.16 - $198.66
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MEDIAN: $88.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$97,469 - $304,878  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,768  
Profit Sharing
$64.60 - $51,064  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$97,700 - $319,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $198.66  
   
Overtime
$5.86 - $187.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,768  
   
Profit Sharing
$64.60 - $51,064  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$97,700 - $319,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Neurologist

Neurologists are physicians who are responsible for all aspects of patients' neurological care, including examination, diagnosis, and referral. They service a wide variety of patients, including those with sleep disorders, spinal cord or central nervous system injuries, genetic abnormalities, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis. Neurologists treat established neurological patients by prescribing drugs or treatments and other therapies such as diet and lifestyle changes. Typically, they receive referrals from non-specialist physicians or emergency room personnel to make a diagnoses and provide patient treatment for neurological issues. Often, neurologists sub-specialize into a specific area of expertise. In these cases, they will be primarily responsible only for issues related to that particular area of expertise (such as multiple sclerosis) and refer and communicate other issues back to the patient’s primary care physician for treatment.

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Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Tasks

  • Provide patient-specific treatment plans and interventions to manage and treat conditions.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic images and tests to diagnose neurological conditions.
  • Examine and investigate potential neurological conditions in patients.
  • Advise patients and families about conditions, treatments, prognosis, and side effects.

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Survey takers who work as Neurologists usually report a few specific skills. Sleep Medicine and Neurophysiology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Neurophysiology is a skill commonly found among those who know Neurology Clinic.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Neurologist

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


For many Neurologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $181K on average. On average, Neurologists make $219K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $239K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$198,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Sleep Medicine
up arrow 14%


Neurology Clinic
0%

National Average
$198,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 12%
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