Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salary
Salaries for Neurologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($201K) per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Neurologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. More than half of Neurologists (64 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Neurologists work in a few different environments. They may work in private practice in a medical office setting, providing specialized care to a certain subset of neurological patients. They may work in a hospital setting and serve a more general patient base, including referrals from other hospital departments related to neurological issues. Some travel may be required to work with patients in various situations, including their home or other hospitals.
Extensive education including a doctor of medicine degree (MD) with board certification in neurology is required. Licensing by state and federal agencies is also required. In some positions, certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is needed, as neurological patients may be in danger of severe and quick changes in health status.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Neurologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Neurologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Annually raking in $185K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. On average, Neurologists make $221K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $225K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Neurologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 11 percent above the national average. Neurologists will also find cushy salaries in Columbia (+9 percent), Portland (+6 percent), Chicago (+2 percent), and Miami (+1 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Neurologists in Houston earning a whopping 35 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (24 percent lower) and San Francisco (21 percent lower).