Neurosurgeon

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October 30, 2016

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Neurosurgeon Job Description

A specialty as a neurosurgeon is one of the more exacting medical professions and the educational curriculum is quite rigorous and thorough.

A neurosurgeon is a specialist who concentrates on the brain, head, neck and spinal cord.

Neurosurgeon Salary Statistics as of 2015

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Average annual salary for a Neurosurgeon is $309310 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $672750. The lowest salary was $63522. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Median hourly wage for a Neurosurgeon is $169.8 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $305.21. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $34.39. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Bonuses for a Neurosurgeon are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $28500 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $1017 from people with under 1 year of experience.

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These are the highest paying states for a Neurosurgeon. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
California – $30,913 – $578,121
Florida – $58,958 – $475,109
Illinois – $50,335 – $675,439
Massachusetts – $36,999 – $659,687
New York – $59,598 – $606,713
Texas – $130,000 – $630,000
Virginia – $36,000 – $350,000

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These are the highest paying cities for a Neurosurgeon. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
New York, New York –
Boston, Massachusetts –
Los Angeles, California –
Chicago, Illinois –
Miami, Florida –
Atlanta, Georgia –
Dallas, Texas –

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This chart outlines the average annual salary of a Neurosurgeon from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $309310 while in 2007 it was just $286848.67

How To Become A Neurosurgeon

Becoming a neurosurgeon is a long process and starts with a four year degree preferably in a medical field focusing on one of the sciences. Next comes four more years of graduate school at an accredited medical school. After completing both with highest honors you will need to apply and be accepted at one of the more than 99 accredited neurosurgery residency training programs located throughout the United States.

Due to the extremely competitive and challenging field of neurosurgery this field usually attracts the Type a medical students who excel at everything they set their mind to. Normally the top students in their residency consider neurosurgery as their specialty.

If you are thinking of pursuing a career in neurosurgery, then you need to ask yourself the following questions? Are you always on? Do you thrive in high pressure situations? Are you willing to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? One never knows when a traumatic accident may happen. Are you willing to dedicate your twenties and most of your thirties to rigorous training and education? Are you willing to stay in school and give up a social life for a long period of time? If you answered yes to the above questions, then neurosurgery may be the medical profession for you.

Some of the skills you must have include critical thinking and analytical abilities. During medical school you should be at the top of the surgical skills. You must be extremely comfortable with the latest technology out there. There are always new robotic and imaging devices that are being developed. You must spend much of your down time studying these tools so you are able to use them. Every surgery you perform is a matter of life and death. The surgery you perform can mean a person living a normal existence of being confined to a wheelchair or paralyzed for the remainder of their days.

You must be extremely level-headed. You must perform well under pressure and excel under the most harrowing of circumstances. Yes, the financial rewards are great. The value of knowing each time you step into the operating theatre you are potentially changing a person’s world in a positive manner cannot be measured. Consider all of the above information as you think about what medical field you would like to excel in.

Job Outlook

Gender Statistics

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Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 72% of Neurosurgeons were males while 28% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

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Resident Medical Officer
$39,797 – $60,367

Future Jobs

Neurological Surgeon
$42,296 – $368,661


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