Endocrine surgeons or endocrinologists are physicians who diagnose and treat glandular diseases and conditions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgeons made an average annual salary of $180,870, as of May 2010. The bureau indicates that physicians and surgeons who choose to specialize in one area of medicine, like endocrinology, tend to earn more annually than those who practice general medicine.
The median salary of endocrinologists in the U.S. was $212,281, according to the Physician Compensation Survey conducted by the American Medical Group Association in 2009. This represents the middle salary made across the the entire spectrum of endocrinology salaries reported in 2009. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the median salary for all physicians and surgeons was $166,400 per year.
The pay scale for endocrinology surgeons varies by location as also indicated by the AMGA survey. The survey revealed that the highest paid endocrinology surgeons worked in the southern part of the U.S. and earned an average salary of $226,054 per year. Salaries for endocrinologists in other regions were lower, but similar. Those in the northern U.S. made $223,790, while those in the eastern and western U.S. made $202,820 and $207,718, respectively.
Aside from the region in which the endocrinologist works, the city he works in can provide a fairly reliable indicator of what the surgeon can expect to make. A survey of 10 different major U.S. cities by Salary Expert reveals the differences in endocrinologist salaries nationwide. Endorcinology salaries ranged from an average of $155,272 per year in Chicago to $266,731 per year in Atlanta, as of 2011. Other reported average annual salaries included Miami at $204,459, Los Angeles at $192,684, Charlotte at $258,670 and New York City at $178,193 per year.
The average starting salary of an endocrinologist was $175,000 per year, according to the AMGA's Physician Compensation Survey in 2010. The average salary for all other physicians of $180,870 reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics takes into account the salaries of both novice and experienced physicians. Endocrinologists enjoy the benefit of having salaries comparable to other surgeons without necessarily having to spend several years in medical practice to attain them.