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.

$99,738 - $324,715
(Median)
$100K
$200K
$320K
MEDIAN: $201,176
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$28.91 - $154.56
(Median)
$29
$52
$150
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$99,738 - $324,715  
   
Bonus
$1,546 - $50,684  
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
Total Pay (?
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$98,046 - $326,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$28.91 - $154.56  
   
Overtime
$6.14 - $172.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,546 - $50,684  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,759  
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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$98,046 - $326,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Neurologists who move on to become Neurosurgeons may enjoy significant pay raises, as Neurosurgeons get paid an average of $350K per year.

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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

National Average: $201,269

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$201,000

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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Neurologist Salaries

Sleep Medicine
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Neurology Clinic
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National Average
$201,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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