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Salary for a Nose Specialist

by Rick Suttle, studioD

Nose doctor specialists, also known as otolaryngologists, treat illnesses, injuries and defects of the ears, nose and throat. Nose doctor specialists examine patients, study medical records from primary physicians and determine whether medicines, special devices or surgeries are necessary for patients. If you want to become a nose doctor specialist, you need to earn a medical degree and complete a five-year residency program through the American Board of Medical Specialties. In return, you can expect to earn a salary averaging more than $350,000 annually.

Average Salary Ranges

Health care company Merritt Hawkins reported an average annual salary of $359,000 for otolaryngologists, or nose specialist doctors, during the 2010 to 2011 calendar year. If you were among the top earners, you'd make $500,000 annually, while the lowest-paid earned $230,000. In the 2009-2010 calendar year otolaryngologists earned $349,000. During the 2008-2009 calendar year, otolaryngologists earned average salaries of $377,000.

Starting and Median Salaries

The median salary for nose specialist doctors, or otolaryngologists, who worked in hospitals was $412,000 in 2013, according to ''Becker's Hospital Review.'' Profiles, a physician recruiter information source, reported starting salaries of $210,000 for otolaryngologists from 2011 to 2012. Once you have six years of experience in this field, you could expect to make an average of $350,000 annually, according to Profiles.

Salary Comparisons

In 2013, nose specialists earned the 6th highest median salaries in hospitals among the 17 specialties listed, according to ''Becker's Hospital Review.'' Neurosurgeons earned the highest salaries of $669,000, followed by orthopedic surgeons and cardiologists at $519,000 and $512,000, respectively. Urologists and gastroenterologists ranked fourth and fifth at $461,000 and $433,000, respectively, compared with otolaryngologists' median salaries of $412,000. General surgeons, obstetricians and family practice physicians earned considerably less -- $343,000, $268,000 and $189,000, respectively.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 24 percent increase in employment for physicians and surgeons, including nose specialist doctors, from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than average. Population increases among seniors are the expected driving force behind these increases, as they are most likely to use medical services. Advancements in technology will temper job growth to some extent for all physicians and surgeons, as doctors become more efficient and capable of examining more patients. Otolaryngologists were ranked in the top 20 of all medical specialty recruitment searches from 2007 to 2011, according to Merritt Hawkins. While you will likely face stiff competition as a nose doctor specialist, you might find more available jobs in rural or low-income areas, which typically experience shortages of qualified doctors.

About the Author

Rick Suttle has been writing professionally since 2009, covering health and business for various online and print publications. He has worked in corporate marketing research and as a copywriter. Suttle holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University. He is author of the novels "Hell Year" and "Suicide Peak."

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