Neurologists are doctors that study and treat ailments affecting the nervous system. Most commonly, neurologists will find themselves working with the diseases affecting the brain, spinal cord, motor neurons, and peripheral nerves. They also work in a diagnostic function, attempting to discover what pathology is affecting a patient. In general, neurologists will work in a specialist role rather than as primary care physicians. There are dozens of neurological subspecialties as well, including interventional neurology, where surgical techniques are employed, geriatric neurology, and the in depth study of specific neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or epilepsy.
How much does a neurologist make?
The median salary for a typical neurologist in the United States in 2012 comes out to about $210,000 per year. The average US neurologist makes anywhere from $190,000 to $250,000 a year. The average neurologist works 55 hours per week, slightly higher than average for a physician.
How does neurology compare to other medical specialties?
Neurologists make more than the lowest paid specialties, such as pediatrics, but don’t make as much as the highest paid specialties, such as radiology or dermatology. Although the neurologist’s salary is not as big as some other physicians’, the amount of pay a neurologist takes home as remained (mostly) stable compared to other medical specialties. As with any career, the amount an individual neurologist will depend on location, experience, and other such factors. In addition, the amount of hours worked and the amount of patient income a neurologist generates play large factors in remuneration.
What does the future look like for neurologists?
The demand for neurologists is likely going to increase in the coming years as the population ages. Although neurology residencies are relatively uncompetitive (compared to other specialties!), there are still a limited number of new practicing neurologists produced each year.