An otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes with conditions of the Ear, Nose, & Throat. If a child has recurrent ear infections, they might be seeing an ENT doctor to surgically place a tube through their ear drum. Have you ever had your tonsils removed? These are the surgeons who do that.
In this field, ENT doctors divide their practicing time in the operating room and in the clinic. Some physicians take call in the hospital for ENT emergencies, others only take call for the patients in their group practice.
As with any specialty, the salary for these physicians is pretty high.
Just how much do ENT doctors make?
The median salary is $307,859. That is pretty great. Remember, this is just the median. There are many ENT physicians that make less than this and many that make more than this.
In fact, the salary range for reporting ENT positions is $224,063 to $400,336. The highest reporting salary is $516,000.
To become an ENT doctor, you need to complete 5 years of residency training after medical school. The first year focuses on breaking you into the surgical residency experience and allows you to do rotations in various fields. Afterwards, you will have four years of specific training in otolaryngology.
Currently, there are only 104 residency programs offering 280 spots for medical graduates. This makes the competition pretty stiff. Indeed, last year, 98.9% of spots filled before the scramble. Most of which were American trained medical students. Only 2 foreign medical graduates got an ENT residency last year.
ENT doctors are surgical specialists of the ear, nose, and throat. Many of their treatments require surgery in the operating room but some are easily managed in the office. The field sees patients of all ages ranging from babies to children to adults and the elderly.
The salary potential for this field is in the 200k-400k. If you are good with your hands, enjoy being in the operating room, and managing disorders related to some of the smallest spaces in our body, consider this field to see if it suits you.