Dermatologist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dermatologist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New Hampshire $275,840
North Dakota $266,510
Maine $257,550
Montana $247,260
Minnesota $245,040
Alaska $244,220
Idaho $241,670
Wisconsin $239,610
Washington $239,080
Indiana $237,470
Georgia $235,060
Wyoming $234,610
Tennessee $231,960
New Mexico $229,100
Arizona $229,090
Hawaii $228,470
South Dakota $227,710
Nevada $227,500
Kentucky $223,770
West Virginia $222,270
Connecticut $221,870
Colorado $219,310
Iowa $219,300
Utah $218,210
Delaware $216,600
Ohio $212,160
Rhode Island $197,950
New Jersey $208,820
California $204,190
Massachusetts $207,990
Florida $197,710
Missouri $198,920
Oregon $199,960
Texas $195,630
Virginia $201,770
North Carolina $196,670
Maryland $182,970
Pennsylvania $187,440
Kansas $186,790
South Carolina $170,280
Louisiana $164,470
Illinois $160,050
Alabama $163,790
District of Columbia $167,090
Michigan $173,480
Vermont $151,020
Mississippi $143,010
New York $139,710
Arkansas $127,190
Nebraska $114,250
Oklahoma $114,570
Virgin Islands $106,860
Puerto Rico $109,490

How much does a Dermatologist earn?

In Medscape's 2014 Compensation Report, dermatologists fall slightly toward the top (eighth out of twenty-five) among all physicians, with average earnings of $308,000. Orthopedists are the earning leaders, followed by cardiologists.

The highest dermatologist earners live in the Southwest and Northwest regions ($385,000 and $341,000, respectively). The lowest earners are in the South Central ($238,000) and Mid-Atlantic ($273,000) regions.

The dermatologist's salary grows depending on factors such as years in practice, skills, number of hours worked, location and professional reputation. According to Medscape, dermatologists who work for office-based multi-specialty groups are the highest earners, at $361,000, followed by those in healthcare organizations, at $336,000. Those in hospital positions make the least ($169,000), while dermatologists in outpatient clinics follow next in line at $211,000. Office-based solo practitioners make $306,000 on average and are in the middle in terms of earnings.

Do Male or Female Dermatologists Earn More?

According to the Medscape survey, male dermatologists, at $329,000, make considerably more than female dermatologists, at $272,000. This is consistent with previous years and responses from all physicians, where men are still the higher earners. "As increasing numbers of doctors start working regular set hours for large health systems, there's little variance in income based on sex," notes Judy Aburmishan, partner in FGMK, LLC, a Chicago firm that represents physicians and other providers.

How do dermatologist salaries compare to similar careers?

Dermatologists earn 6% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Career Median Salary
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon salary $242K
Gynecologist salary $238K
Orthodontist salary $226K
Psychiatrist salary $220K
Family practitioner salary $201K
Hospitalist salary $201K
Immunologist salary $201K
Radiologist salary $201K
Sports medicine physician salary $201K
Dermatologist salary $201K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)