A neuroradiologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. Neuroradiologists work in conjunction with many other doctors and specialists to interpret diagnostic images taken by CT, MRI, or X-ray technology. With the use of this technology, neuroradiologists can diagnose serious medical issues like strokes and aneurysms at an early stage of development. Neuroradiologists earn more than $200,000 per year in most areas of the country.
To become a neuroradiologist, plan on at least 13 years of education after high school. According to the American Society for Neuroradiology, that breaks down to four years of college, four years of medical school, a one-year internship, and four years of residency in radiology. If you want to continue your education beyond that, schools like UCLA and the Mayo Clinic offer neuroradiology fellowships that last either one or two years. If you choose to complete a fellowship program, you will command a higher salary.
Salary and Compensation
The average salary for neuroradiologists as of March 2011 was $229,000, according to SimplyHired.com. Some cities reported higher averages for the same time period, like Oakland, California ($306,000) and Kansas City, Missouri ($231,000). Other areas of the country reported salaries below the national average. Phoenix, Arizona averaged $218,000, and Tampa, Florida had an average salary of $211,000.
Job Experience and Education
As you gain experience as a neuroradiologist, you can anticipate that your salary will increase accordingly. Neuroradiologists who become highly specialized can expect to earn a higher salary. Locum Tenens.com documented a salary increase for radiologists of almost 25 percent comparing salaries of radiologists with less than five years' experience to those who had six to 10 years experience.
Where You Work
If you work as a salaried employee instead of as an owner or partner of a practice, expect to make less money. Locum Tenens' 2010 Compensation and Employment Report for Radiology indicated a difference of almost $62,000 in annual compensation between the two types of employment status. Also, 43 percent of the radiologists surveyed indicated that they were salaried employees.