Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salary

Neurologists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $197K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Neurologists, total cash compensation can vary between $99K and $313K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $50K and $44K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Neurologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. More than half of Neurologists (65 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$99,411 - $302,989
(Median)
$99K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $197,431
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$18.50 - $200.00
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$70
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MEDIAN: $70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$99,411 - $302,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,223  
Profit Sharing
$33.00 - $44,000  
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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$98,800 - $312,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$18.50 - $200.00  
   
Overtime
$6.14 - $157.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$33.00 - $44,000  
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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$98,800 - $312,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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.

Common Career Paths for Physician / Doctor, Neurologist


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Advancing into a Neurosurgeon role seems to be a popular career move for Neurologists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $349K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Neurologists typically report just a few professional skills. Sleep Medicine and Neurophysiology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Competency in Neurology Clinic frequently indicates knowledge of Neurophysiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Neurologist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $183K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Neurologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $221K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $236K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$199,000


Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Sleep Medicine
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Neurology Clinic
0%

National Average
$199,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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