Neurologist Salary

Neurologist viewing a brain image for abnormalities.  They treat disorders of the brain and nervous system.  The average salary for a neurologist is $94 USD per hour.

Neurologist viewing a brain image for abnormalities.  They treat disorders of the brain and nervous system.  The average salary for a neurologist is $94 USD per hour.

The average Neurologist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Neurologists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices. A physician or surgeon salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn with pediatric neurologists commanding more per hour than a neurologist. The assumption was made that the Neurologists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.


The median Neurologist salary is $94 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $40 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $153 per hour.


On an annual basis Neurologists earn an average of $195,520. The lowest 10% earn less than $82,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $318,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average. Some sites report salaries as high as $350,000 for the more successful neurologist. 

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Lowest and Highest Neurologist Salary

The lowest paid Neurologists earn less with mean or average wages below $40 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $150 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.    

Top 5 States

The 5 best states to earn a neurologist salary are California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The top 5 cities to earn a neurologist salary are Los Angeles Ca, Houston TX, Chicago IL, Boston MA, and New York NY.

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Other Industries that Employ Neurologists

The majority are employed in medical offices, clinics, and hospitals.  A small number of neurologists work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are over 17,000 Neurologists in the U.S. The majority of these are considered self employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Neurologists employed in the United States the majority of them work in a private or group practice setting and can be found in clinics or medical office buildings. A small number can be found working directly in hospitals or other medical centers.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Virtually all physicians are considered private practice or self-employed. The same skills and qualities required to operate a small business will be of benefit to the neurologist considering self-employment.  Many medical providers hire an office manager to run the business while they focus on treating patients.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.  A typical benefits package is worth $20,000 per year or more.

As a small business a neurologist practice may provide benefits.  A typical benefits package will include 401K, short term disability, healthcare insurance, and vacation time.

Advancement - chances for promotion

The outlook for physicians is projected to be very good. Significant shortages exist in rural and under served areas. The trend towards group practices will provide opportunities for more doctors to hold positions of leadership and authority. This still remains one of the best paying professions in the healthcare industry.


International Salary


According to Service Canada, workers in the Specialist Physicians occupational group earn an average annual salary of $172,485 per year.


Neurologist public interns earn $56,758 per annum and public consultants / specialists can earn up to $210,102 per annum depending on years of experience. Other figures for neurologists include between $1653 and $3438 per week, or $152,000-$205,000 per annum, depending on experience and the type of organization.

United Kingdom (UK)

In the UK, the starting salary for neurologists ranges from £37,000 to £119,000 per year. This also varies a lot with public and private sector jobs.

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