Anesthesiologist Salary

The average salary of Anesthesiologist in US is $347,991.

Anesthesiologists are required to administer anesthesia before and during surgical procedures. Found in the offices of physicians, hospitals and outpatient care centers, an anesthesiologist’s salary will differ greatly depending on state, city and the facility that they work in.

Median anesthesiologist salary

  • $347,991 per year
  • $167 per hour

Often confused with an average salary, a median salary is the exact mid-point in the list of salaries for an occupation. The median salary for an anesthesiologist is $347,991 annually, or $167 per hour.

Salary range for middle 50% of anesthesiologist

  • $302,000 – $394,000
  • $145 – $189 per hour

By eliminating the top and bottom 25% of salaries, we’re able to obtain a better idea of an anesthesiologist’s salary. Considered the middle 50% salary range, an anesthesiologist can earn $302,000 ($145 per hour) to $394,000 ($189 per hour).

Lowest and highest salary

  • Lowest – $260,000 ($125/hour)
  • Highest – $435,000 ($209/hour)

The lowest 10th percentile of workers in a field are often just starting out in a field with little to no experience. These earners may also have a lower salary based on their location or the sector of an industry they work in. An anesthesiologist in the lowest 10th percentile can earn $260,000 a year, or $125 an hour. Those at the pinnacle of their career are in the top 10th percentile and are the highest earners with an annual salary of $435,000, or $209 an hour.

The total salary package

Salary does not include compensation, bonuses and other benefits a professional receives. The total salary package, including time off, disability, healthcare, pension, social security, retirement and bonuses, puts the average total salary package for an anesthesiologist at $463,731.

Cities with the highest paid anesthesiologists

  • Anesthesiologist in San Francisco, California earn $425,000.
  • Anesthesiologist in New York, New York earn $410,000.
  • Anesthesiologist in Los Angeles, California earn $381,000.
  • Anesthesiologist in Chicago, Illinois earn $366,000.

States with the highest paid anesthesiologists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers incomplete or outdated data on the top paying states for the anesthesiologist occupation. That being said, states with the top paying cities are likely to provide higher salaries overall. The top states for this occupation would include:

  • California
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Texas

Factors affecting anesthesiologist salaries

An anesthesiologist will earn more money with more experience. In this field, salaries differ greatly depending on where a person works. Those that work in a physician’s office earn drastically more than an anesthesiologist that works in a surgical hospital. While many workers in the top 10th percentile work in a physician’s office, they may receive lower bonuses, retirement and health benefits.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the salaries of anesthesiologists broken down by sector, but much of the information is outdated. provides up-to-date information on salaries that can be narrowed down to the city level in most cases.

Location will also play a big role in a person’s salary. As with most medical fields, bigger cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, will demand a higher salary. Cities with high demand and little workers to fill open positions, such as San Francisco, will also have higher paying salaries in general.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide forecasts for medical specialties, such as an anesthesiologist. Instead, the BLS provides outlooks for surgeons and physicians in general. Based off of this data, between 2012 and 2022, the industry has an expected growth rate of 18% which is higher than the national average.

Training and certification requirements for anesthesiologists

An anesthesiologist will have to undergo a significant amount of schooling before they can even enter the residency stage. As an undergraduate, these professionals will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree and meet pre-med requirements, which often include chemistry, calculus and various other courses.

Once a person meets all of the pre-med requirements, they will need to obtain their M.D. (doctor of medicine) or their D.O. (doctor of osteopath). This requires another four years of higher education. The first two years deal with basic subjects, such as anatomy. During the final two years, these professionals will go out into the field and work under a licensed physician to gain real-world experience.

During these final years, an anesthesiologist will deal with a variety of different medical specialties, not just anesthesiology.

Education does not end after a medical degree is earned. A residency and fellowship will be required after obtaining a medical degree to become a specialist in anesthesiology. Residency normally takes 4 years to complete.

Finally, after a residency is complete, an anesthesiologist may need to obtain their board certification followed by their state medical license. The American Board of Anesthesiology provides an optional board certification that requires both an oral and written exam to be passed.

Anesthesiologists can choose to specialize in pediatric anesthesiology.

These professionals are required to help patients relieve pain before, during and after surgery takes place. Other medical procedures may be required of these professionals, such as monitoring heart rates, blood pressure and the breathing of the patient.

International Anesthesiologist Salaries

Anesthesiologist salary in the U.K. ranges from £199,000 to £234,000.

Anesthesiologist salary in Canada ranges from 95,000 CAD to 171,000 CAD.

Anesthesiologist salary in Australia ranges from AUD$100,000 to AUD$196,000.

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