Rheumatologist Salary

Salaries for Rheumatologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($180K) per year. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. While about one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men account for the majority of Rheumatologists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$123,864 - $241,058
MEDIAN: $179,613

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$124,612 - $248,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Job Description for Rheumatologist

A rheumatologist specializes in diseases of the musculoskeletal system such as arthritis, tendonitis, gout and osteoporosis, among others. Individuals often visit rheumatologists after receiving a referral from a general practitioner or another medical professional. Rheumatologists review patients' medical records and test results, as well as conduct a physical exam and talk with patients to determine their issues and condition. They work with patients to develop a treatment plan and ensure that patients understand their diagnosis and agreed-upon course of treatment; treatment may involve components such as physical therapy, medication, injections into the joint or tendons, and working with other medical specialists. Rheumatologists must assess the progress of treatment and work with patients to make any adjustments as necessary. Additionally, they must keep accurate, up-to-date patient records; they must follow all rules related to privacy and patient confidentiality at all times.


Rheumatologist Tasks

  • Assess and evaluate patient and their concerns.
  • Diagnose and treat muscle, bone and joint dysfunction.

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Pay by Experience Level for Rheumatologist

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

Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $176K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Rheumatologists make a median salary of $187K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $194K on average.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


37 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%