In the medical community, it’s a known fact that radiologists make good money and are able to maintain above average working conditions and a livable work/free time balance. It’s one of the ROAD specialties, which are known for minimal patient interaction, a regular schedule, good pay, and low work loads. (Relatively speaking, of course! This is still medicine, after all.) The ROAD specialties are Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, and Dermatology.
How much do radiologists make?
The average diagnostic radiologist makes $265,000 per year, midcareer. A typical interventional radiologist will make a little bit more, coming out to about $280,000 a year. Many factors must be taken into account when estimating how much radiologists make or will make. As with any other job, experience will get you more money. A new radiologist may start out making as little as $75,000 to $100,000 a year. It isn’t uncommon for radiologists to work their way up into the upper $400,000s, given enough time and hard work. Depending on your location, you may make more or less than the average. A radiologist in a top tier (and over-served, medically) city such as New York will generally make less than one out in the sticks.
Radiology Job Information
Compared to specialties, radiology is considered to be relatively comfortable. Although lower than average levels of patient interaction are generally desirable, it is a little bit more extreme for radiologists. It isn’t uncommon at all for a radiologist to spend all day in a dark room looking at x-rays. Something to keep in mind!
Diagnostic vs. Interventional Radiology
There are two main branches within the radiology field. Diagnostic radiologists will make use of x-rays, ultrasound, MRIs, etc. All external stuff. They scan you and analyze the results. Interventional radiologists use imaging technology to perform procedures on patients. These procedures may be done for strictly diagnostic purposes, but they may also be done for treatment’s sake, such as in the case of angioplasty. Interventional radiology requires an extra year or two of fellowship training after residency. As such, interventional radiologists generally make more money than their diagnostic radiology counterparts.