Median pay for Rheumatologists in the United States is around $189K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Rheumatologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Rheumatologists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$143,804 - $250,240
MEDIAN: $189,277

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$143,804 - $250,240  
$-0.50 - $96,958  
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$144,023 - $260,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Rheumatologist

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

Annually raking in $183K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Rheumatologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $205K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 13%