Salary of Neurosurgeons


by Englishman
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sciencegal
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Apr5-09, 08:47 AM
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I'm not doing it just for the money; I like science a lot, and I like what neurosurgeons do. (Money is just a side-benefit along with being a neurosurgeon) I really want to be able to feel the satisfaction of helping people. I also like the fact that it is very difficult, because I like being challenged. I'm in high school, and I go to a school that's called South Texas High School for Health Professions (Everyone calls it Med High).
yeah me too! i LOVE science and math and the difficulty of the job in general...the brain is sooo fascinating...med high lol its nice to meet another high school student who wants to be a neurosurgeon...most high school kids i know would NEVER want to put in the years and years of school to become a neurosurgeon...it'll be interesting to see how everything unravels....i really hope i dont change my mind in med school or something...i've been wanting to do this since i was 8 years old!
T.O.E Dream
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Apr5-09, 11:37 AM
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what about a neroscientist (if there is such a thing). What might they get paid.
gatorphys
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Apr5-09, 11:58 AM
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The average take-home salary of a neurosurgeon is nowhere close to $700,000. Of course, there are some neurosurgeons making this much, but these guys probably have a very establish practice, and have been doing it for quite a long time. A newly trained neurosurgeon will most likely never see this much money. Another factor you have to consider is that reimbursements for medical procedures are constantly getting slashed. Salary's are definitely dropping, at least against inflation, if nothing else (depends on speciality, location, etc...). There's also a huge movement in this country to go to a more governmentally controlled healthcare system, and this will undoubtedly lower your salary as a physician. By the time you actually enter medical school and beyond, the salary outlook for docs will be vastly different. Nevertheless, I think it’s very good that you're actually thinking about this sort of stuff while only in high school. Just make sure to get good grades and get some extracurriculars in there, so you can get into a good undergrad school. There should also be some more informed websites and forums out there that may be able to better answer your questions.

Edit: I just noticed the original post was from 2008, so the OP may not even be around anymore. Oh well, in case anyone else was curious...
Englishman
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Apr9-09, 06:55 PM
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The average take-home salary of a neurosurgeon is nowhere close to $700,000. Of course, there are some neurosurgeons making this much, but these guys probably have a very establish practice, and have been doing it for quite a long time. A newly trained neurosurgeon will most likely never see this much money. Another factor you have to consider is that reimbursements for medical procedures are constantly getting slashed. Salary's are definitely dropping, at least against inflation, if nothing else (depends on speciality, location, etc...). There's also a huge movement in this country to go to a more governmentally controlled healthcare system, and this will undoubtedly lower your salary as a physician. By the time you actually enter medical school and beyond, the salary outlook for docs will be vastly different. Nevertheless, I think itís very good that you're actually thinking about this sort of stuff while only in high school. Just make sure to get good grades and get some extracurriculars in there, so you can get into a good undergrad school. There should also be some more informed websites and forums out there that may be able to better answer your questions.

Edit: I just noticed the original post was from 2008, so the OP may not even be around anymore. Oh well, in case anyone else was curious...
I'm still around. I'm the OP.
Englishman
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Apr9-09, 06:57 PM
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what about a neroscientist (if there is such a thing). What might they get paid.
Of course neuroscientists exist; they are the ones that try to improve memory and other things that involve the brain (and nerves of course).
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Apr9-09, 07:42 PM
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450,000 a year!!!!?

thats insane thats more money than i could spend.

i get 250 a month and i still have some left. i dont pay for food or rent though.
Englishman
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Apr9-09, 08:13 PM
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450,000 a year!!!!?

thats insane thats more money than i could spend.

i get 250 a month and i still have some left. i dont pay for food or rent though.
Well, actually, some get up to actually 1,000,000. I also saw a while ago that the top salary for a neurosurgeon was/is like 2.4 million, I think. But definitely, definitely at [I]least[I] 2,000,000 a year.
sciencegal
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Apr9-09, 09:14 PM
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Well, actually, some get up to actually 1,000,000. I also saw a while ago that the top salary for a neurosurgeon was/is like 2.4 million, I think. But definitely, definitely at [I]least[I] 2,000,000 a year.
yeah but it takes lots of years of experience to get into the millions
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Apr9-09, 10:37 PM
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450,000 a year!!!!?

thats insane thats more money than i could spend.

i get 250 a month and i still have some left. i dont pay for food or rent though.
Again, remember that this is not necessarily take-home pay. They have whopping expenses. Physicians are in a strange place, their freedoms are curtailed like a government-monitored public service but they have the financial obligations of independent businesses.
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Apr10-09, 11:56 AM
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yeah but it takes lots of years of experience to get into the millions
Well, actually, it takes a lot of years of experience just to get up to $450,000. The neurosurgeons that have the millions usually have started a practice, or something like that. A neurosurgeon can almost never reach the millions from only a lot of years of experience; he has to also start a practice or start a neurosurgical institute.
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Apr10-09, 03:17 PM
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Well, actually, it takes a lot of years of experience just to get up to $450,000. The neurosurgeons that have the millions usually have started a practice, or something like that. A neurosurgeon can almost never reach the millions from only a lot of years of experience; he has to also start a practice or start a neurosurgical institute.
So it's like one must develop a highly specialized skill for which there is an extreme demand, recognize the value of the service, and independently establish a business that provides that service.

Man, it's too bad you can't do that with a physics degree.
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Apr10-09, 04:58 PM
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So it's like one must develop a highly specialized skill for which there is an extreme demand, recognize the value of the service, and independently establish a business that provides that service.

Man, it's too bad you can't do that with a physics degree.
How come you can't do that with a physics degree?
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Apr10-09, 05:47 PM
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How come you can't do that with a physics degree?
I would explain if it weren't for this tongue stuck in my cheek.
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Apr10-09, 08:26 PM
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How come you can't do that with a physics degree?


Sarcasm is hard to detect in text form ;).
gatorphys
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Apr10-09, 11:20 PM
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yeah but it takes lots of years of experience to get into the millions
Well, it takes 11 years post-undergrad, and about $150,000+ of debt just to become a neurosurgeon.

And although there may be phsyicians out there making millions, this will not be possible for much longer, at least not by practicing medicine alone. Physician salaries will come down to (what some would say) more reasonable levels. A more "socialistic" healthcare system (which America is moving towards) may help a lot of people, but physicians aren't one of them.
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Apr11-09, 09:56 AM
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Well, it takes 11 years post-undergrad, and about $150,000+ of debt just to become a neurosurgeon.

And although there may be phsyicians out there making millions, this will not be possible for much longer, at least not by practicing medicine alone. Physician salaries will come down to (what some would say) more reasonable levels. A more "socialistic" healthcare system (which America is moving towards) may help a lot of people, but physicians aren't one of them.
even if salaries drop, physicians should be doing their jobs because they love it...not for the money!
gatorphys
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Apr11-09, 01:00 PM
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even if salaries drop, physicians should be doing their jobs because they love it...not for the money!

Ideally yeah, but realistically, a lot of people entered medicine for the money. These are the people who, now that their incomes are dropping, are dissatisfied with their careers choices. Although I think nowadays, less and less people are entering medicine solely for the money.
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Jun9-09, 11:14 AM
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well i want to be a neurosurgeon bcuz i really enjoy neuroscience and surgery from the age of 4. i have done many science fair projects that made it to the international level and also my cousin just recently graduated frm college to be a neurosurgeon. His starting salry is around $300000 and he will recieve pay raises and benefits. I think medicine is an excellent field to go into and I don't believe neurosurgeon pay will get cut that much. currently in the city where I live there is a neurosurgery position for $500,000 the requirements is board certification and a degree so that a great starting salary. I'm seeking that job hopefully its still there when i graduate.While im in college for 5 to 7 year your salary will be around $45K to $60K. I also have an uncle who is neurosurgeon and he makes about $850000 a year. he said it took him about 6 years to pay off all his debt but he was still happen to offord a nice home in the gated community he lives in now
MEDICINE IS THE CAREER FIELD TO GO INTO


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