Anesthesiologist Salary Guide

How much do anesthesiologists make in the United States? And how does the salary for anesthesiologists compare across states and between perm and temp work? Let’s take a look!

Explore our anesthesiologist salary guide to discover:

  • Anesthesiologist Salary
  • Anesthesiologist Salary by State
  • How Do Anesthesiologist Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?
  • How Much Will Anesthesiologists Make in 2024?

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Anesthesiologist Salary FAQs

How Much Do Anesthesiologists Make?

The average annual anesthesiologist salary is $302,970 per year in the U.S., according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. That being said, anesthesiologists make a total of $405,000 per year, according to Medscape’s 2023 physician compensation report.

How Much Do Locum Tenens Anesthesiologists Make?

Locum tenens general anesthesiologists can make upward of $265–$325 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand. 

If you were to extrapolate the low end of this range over a year (at 40 hours per week), a locum tenens general anesthesiologist could make $551,200 per year or more.

That means locum tenens general anesthesiologists could make 81% more per year than the average general anesthesiologist. Making direct salary comparisons between locum tenens and permanent providers can be complicated. While perm anesthesiologists are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens anesthesiologists are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year.

Furthermore, because locum tenens anesthesiologists are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried anesthesiologist additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.

Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm anesthesiologist salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance.

Anesthesiologist Salaries by State

The most recent state breakdown of anesthesiologist salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. That said, some of the top 5 highest paying states for Anesthesiologists salary are:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Maryland

How do Anesthesiologist Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?

Anesthesiologists are among the top ten physician specialties surveyed in the Medscape 2023 compensation report. The top five specialties (plastic surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology) all reported annual income of greater than $500,000.

How Much Will Anesthesiologists Make in 2024?

Anesthesiologists salaries have increased over the last several years, with a 25% increase in reported salary since 2015.  An estimate is that anesthesiologists will slightly increase their salaries each year, meaning that anesthesiologists will make around $415,935 in annual salary in 2024.

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