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Podiatrist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Podiatrists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($122K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. Men account for the majority of Podiatrists — 63 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,320 - $200,178
MEDIAN: $116,898
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National Salary Data

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$72,320 - $200,178  
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$74,907 - $208,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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Job Description for Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a doctor and surgeon who deals with conditions of the feet, ankles, and legs. This may involve complications related to injuries, wounds, structural problems, or diabetes and other diseases. A podiatrist works at a medical institution such as a hospital, clinic, or private practice. This doctor sees patients for evaluation and diagnoses. The podiatrist will then assign treatment, whether it be medication, surgery, therapy, or a combination of treatments. A podiatrist needs to be able to document medical notes and records. This doctor may also look at patient records in order to better determine the issue the patient is facing. Being a podiatrist may involve working on a team, including other doctors, surgeons, and nurses. This is generally a full-time position, and hours and days of work often vary. Some travel may be necessary in order to visit patients in various medical institutions.
Podiatrist Tasks
  • Refer patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
  • Advise patients about treatments and preventative foot care techniques.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Diagnose and treat bone, muscle, skin and joint disorders affecting the feet.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances.

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Popular Skills for Podiatrist

Podiatrists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Wound Care and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 4 percent respectively. Those proficient in Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Podiatrist

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $103K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $123K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $135K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $154K on average. The largest share of Podiatrists have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

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For Podiatrists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 8 percent above the national average. Podiatrists in New York make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Los Angeles (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 25%