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The Pay Scale for the Salary of a Dermatologist

by Forest Time, studioD

Dermatologists treat diseases of the skin either topically or surgically. Typical disorders requiring attention from a dermatologist include psoriasis, warts, skin cancer and even hair loss. According to the American Board of Dermatology, a career in this field requires a minimum of 12 years of schooling and training. As medical specialists, most dermatologists tend to earn far more than the average American worker.

National Salary Range

Medscape reports that dermatologists earned an average of $283,000 per year as of 2011. While 22 percent of dermatologists surveyed reported an annual income of $100,000 or less, 14 percent of those surveyed reported annual earnings in excess of $500,000. Eighteen percent of dermatologists made between $100,000 and $200,000 per year, and the remaining 46 percent of dermatologists earned reported salaries ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 per year.

Pay by Employment Situation

According to Medscape, multispecialty group practices are where it's at when it comes to dermatology. Those practicing in such groups averaged $382,000 per year in 2011, the highest average pay of any practice type. In general, those working out of independent practices, whether solo or group practices, tend to make the most money, averaging more than $300,000 per year. By comparison, those working for outpatient clinics averaged $187,000 per year, while dermatologists employed by hospitals made an average of $157,000 per year.

Regional Incomes

Dermatologists working in the South Central region of the United States reported the lowest average earnings in 2011, $192,000 per year. Most regions reported an average dermatology income of between $200,000 and $300,000 a year, ranging from $210,000 in the Southwest to $298,000 in the Mid-Atlantic states. Only two regions of the country reported average incomes of more than $300,000 per year -- the Great Lakes region, with an average of $312,000 a year, and the Pacific states of Hawaii and California, at $355,000 per year.


Pay for dermatologists compares quite favorably with other medical and surgical specialists. According to Medscape, dermatology ranked 8th out of 25 medical specialties in terms of pay. Perhaps this is why 71 percent of dermatologists surveyed felt fairly compensated as of 2011, compared with 51 percent of all physicians. However, female dermatologists can expect to earn somewhat less than their male counterparts; as of 2011, they averaged $252,000 per year, compared with $313,000 for men.

About the Author

Forest Time has been writing for over a decade. During this time, he founded and edited a short-lived literary magazine, received several prizes for his poetry and published a master's thesis on Cambodian history. He received his Master of Arts in Asian history from the University of Maine at Orono in 2007.