Here is the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers come from May 2009, the last reporting period available. According to the BLS there were 37,450 anesthesiologists employed in the U.S. as of May 2009. Their mean hourly wage was $101.80. Their mean annual wage was $211,750. Anesthesiologists who are in group practice made the most, with a mean annual salary of $221,010. Academic anesthesiologists made the least money with a salary of $139,490.
The top five states that paid the most money were Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Missouri. The top five states that are the most crowded with anesthesiologists are Hawaii, Kentucky, Tennessee, Delaware, and Arizona.
You can also create a custom chart on the BLS website. For instance, you can compare the salaries of California, New York, and Texas anesthesiologists. Interestingly all three states employ similar numbers of anesthesiologists: 3450, 3220, 3620, respectively. The mean annual salaries of all three states are likewise similar: $219,000; $220,000; $196,000, respectively. However the bottom tenth percentile wage earners are significantly different. The lowest tenth percentile of CA anesthesiologists made $50.53 per hour. The lowest NY anesthesiologists made only $29.26 per hour. Then comes poor Texas. Their lowest rung anesthesiologists made $12.88. Seriously? An anesthesiologist that makes only $12/hr? The mean annual salaries of the three states' anesthesiologists also show a similar discrepancy. The bottom tenth percentile salaries of the three states are $105,090; $60,850; and $26,790, respectively. Again, really Texas? I can't imagine an anesthesiologist that makes poverty level wages. But then again they may be a leading indicator of where medicine and doctors' salaries are headed in this country.