Anesthesiologist are responsible for administering anesthesia to patients who are suffering from an acute injury and/or illness, undergoing a surgical operation and or in cases where a medical emergency requires anesthesia, such as a patient who is suffering from cardiac arrest that needs immediate medical intervention.
Before and during the anesthesia treatment the anesthesiologist will sit down with the patient and explain what type of anesthesia the patient will be given and how the medication will affect the patient during the operation, research the patients medical history to see if there are any possible harmful side effects to the anesthesia treatment and tailor the treatment process to the patients particular needs by adjusting the frequency of anesthesia delivery and the amount of anesthesia that patient is given over the course of their treatment process.
In terms of income the amount of money an anesthesiologist is likely to make in a year varies depending on a number of different factors such as what state the anesthesiologist works in, how many hours they work per week, any overtime they have accumulated over the year, how long they’ve been working in the anesthesiology field and the level of education and training they have acquired over the years.
Below is a list containing some of the primary factors that may contribute an anesthesiologist annual salary.
Factors that can affect an anesthesiologist annual income:
- Total number of hours they work per year (an anesthesiologist salary may partially be determined by the assumed number of hours they are expected to work per week/annually)
- Accumulated overtime (if the anesthesiologist is paid overtime it can have a great effect on salary)
- Education level (anesthesiologist with more experience generally make more money than those just starting out)
- Years of experience (the more experience an anesthesiologist acquires the more likely they are to be paid a higher salary)
- Location of work (the average salary for an anesthesiologist varies depending on the state they work in)
- Overall demand for anesthesiologist in their area (the level of demand for anesthesiologist in a particular area can greatly increase an anesthesiologist salary)
- Benefits and bonuses (in addition to the anesthesiologist annual salary they may also be given additional benefits such as paid vacation time, bonuses and any other agreements that were made between them and their employer.)
Average salary of an anesthesiologist
In the U.S. the average salary for an anesthesiologist may vary between $248,102 – $423,604 per year with a median annual income of around $335,853 according to estimates found @ Salary.com on Physician Est. 3/13.
Please keep in mind that these are just averages and it is possible for anesthesiologist to make over $500,000 per year under the right conditions.
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For information on how to become a nurse anesthetist read: how do I become a nurse anesthesiologist?