Neurosurgeons treat medical conditions of the nervous system, such as the brain or spinal cord, through the use of surgery. Educational requirements are extensive. A bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine is required before four years of medical school, and three to eight years of internship and residency. Though the job has no geographical requirements, being near a major hospital is necessary since only such a hospital has the facilities to support neurosurgery.
Neurosurgeons earn a base salary of £98,500 to £280,500 as of January 2011, according a leading website report with 432 individuals reporting. Adding bonuses, profit sharing and commissions can boost total annual compensation to £100,500 to £296,000 per year.
Salaries increase by experience, as neurosurgeons develop more skill and understanding, and a wider client base. New doctors earn £40,500 to £167,750 annually, but those with one to four years of work get £65,750 to £241,000, according to a leading website. At five to nine years, they receive £126,250 to £268,500, and at 10 to 19 years, neurosurgeons earn £185,500 to £323,500. Finally, at 20 years or more, they are paid £129,000 to £329,750.
Compensation can differ by type of employers, with those working for companies showing the widest range at £65,750 to £328,500 per year. Those who are self-employed make £127,750 to £325,000, while those in hospitals receive £95,750 to £278,750. The federal government pays £58,500 to £171,000, and those in state and local jurisdictions offer £126,500 to £238,000.
Location can also affect salaries. New Yorkers earn £126,000 to £285,500 per year, and California neurosurgeons make £97,500 to £300,500. Those in Florida receive £117,000 to £324,990, while those in Washington get £99,250 to £287,750. Neurosurgeons in Texas are paid £97,500 to £325,000, and those in Illinois earn £95,750 to £334,000.
The city with the widest range of pay is Los Angeles, with salaries at £79,250 to £325,000 per year, though the city with the highest salaries is Chicago, Illinois, with compensation range at £138,000 to £334,000. Neurosurgeons in New York City earn £126,250 to £292,500, while those in Dallas, Texas, get £170,250 to £332,000. Those in Boston, Massachusetts receive £91,000 to £321,250, while those in Seattle, Washington, are paid £117,000 to £284,000.