How much does a neurosurgeon get paid?

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How much does a neurosurgeon get paid?
Neurosurgeons operate on the head to reach the brain. (comunicar image by caironbohemio from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Salaries

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.

Experience

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.

Employers

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.

State

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.

City

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.

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