Anesthesiologist Salary

Anesthesiologist work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools, and therefore the wages vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the professionals reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. Usually the salary for an Anesthesiologist salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

The alternate spelling for anaesthesiologist is anesthesiologist. Some English instructors will insist that the correct way to spell it in the U.S. is without the extra letter "a".   

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 Hourly Salary

The median salary is over $112 per hour. The lowest 10% earn approximately $65 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $90 per hour.

Annual Salary

On an annual basis the median Anesthesiologists salary is $ 232,830. The lowest 10% earn $135,111 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $187,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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The 5 Best Paying States

The 5 best paying states to earn an Anaesthesiologist salary are Michigan $249,200, Pennsylvania $249,160, Washington $245,200, Alabama $244,290 and Wisconsin $244,630.

The 5 Best Paying Metropolitan Areas

The 5 best city or metropolitan areas to earn an Anaesthesiologist salary are   Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT, Burlington-South Burlington, VT, Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA, York-Hanover, PA and Wichita, KS.

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Private Practice vs. Employment

Anaesthesiologists in private practice earned a median salary of approximately $260,000 per year. There is a large discrepancy between the reported earnings of anaesthesiologists who are employed vs. private practice or self-employed with the top earnings listed by the US Bureau of labor statistics as being approximately $245,000 per year. Other sites report $400,000 or more per year.     

 Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 29,930 Anaesthesiologists who earn a salary through being employed. This is just over 6000 less than reported in 2009. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists lists more than 50,000 members. It can be assumed that while a large number are considered employed there are still a significant number of practicing anaesthesiologists who are in private practice or self-employed. 

Where They Work

Of all the Anaesthesiologists employed in the United States over 28,000 of them work in medical offices and hospitals.  This is also where anaesthesiology salaries can be found. A small number of Anaesthesiologists earn a salary by being employed in colleges and universities and earn $130,000 to $150,000 per year.


Fringe benefits are going to be similar to those offered by small businesses or single proprietor businesses.   Many physicians will fund a personal retirement fund or IRA as part of their long term financial planning.

International Salary

UK - Anaesthesiologist[1]

As a junior hospital trainee, the basic starting salary is £22,636. This increases in the second year of foundation training to £28,076. For a doctor in specialist training the basic starting salary is £30,002.

Doctors in training are paid extra if they work more than 40 hours or they work outside the hours of 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Doctors in the speciality doctor grade earn between £37,176 and £69,325.

Consultants can earn a basic salary of between £75,249 and £101,451 per year, dependent on length of service.

Consultants working in private sector hospitals may receive higher fees.

Canada – Anaesthesiologist[2]

Most anaesthesiologists are employed by hospitals. A few are employed by private clinics and pain treatment centres. They are either paid set yearly salaries or they are paid by contract, which means that they are employed for a fixed amount of time -for example six months- and for a fixed amount of money.

Those employed on a salaried basis usually earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year, depending on the number of patients they see. Experienced anaesthesiologists can earn up to $230,000 a year or more.

Incomes also vary according to the number of years an anaesthesiologist has practiced, the geographical location of the practice, the number of hours worked each week, and the skill of the surgeon.

Australia - Anaesthetists[3]

In Australia and New Zealand, anaesthetists are physicians who deliver direct medical care (anaesthesia) to patients needing general or local anaesthesia for surgery and related procedures.

Starting salary: $125,000 annually

Senior salary: $215,000 annually

Average salary: $165,000 annually

  * Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer

Employment level: 3,600 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 3,900)

Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Anaesthetist is 44.3 hours per week.

Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as an Anaesthetist include:

·         QLD: 23.4%

·         VIC: 23.4%

·         NSW: 18.9%




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