I recently reviewed the salary of anesthesiologists based on a survey conducted by Medscape. In that tally, anesthesiologists on average earned $337,000 in 2012. Not shabby at all. Now comes another list detailing anesthesiologists' incomes, this time from the physician staffing service Jackson & Coker.
J & C's results are based on the salaries of the 24,521 anesthesiologists in the company's database. If an anesthesiologist was to work for J & C, he would make approximately $456,000 per year. This income is based on a salary of $380,065 plus benefits that total $76,013. I imagine the benefits include health and malpractice insurance, vacation time, possible retirement benefits, etc. This was something the Medscape survey left out. And if you think anesthesiologists are overpaid, the average anesthesiologist working for Jackson & Coker brought in revenues of $1,307,066 last year. So the compensation is pretty miserly considering how much money the anesthesiologist is bringing in to the hospital.
All the data continue to point out the success of anesthesiology as a profession. Different surveys may show slightly different numbers, but they all conclude that the field is still extremely well compensated and a major reason why medical students still flock to our specialty.