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Salary of an Otolaryngologist

An otolaryngologist is a physician who specialises in diagnosis, treatment and surgical procedures of the ear, nose, throat and structures in the head and neck that affect those areas.

These professionals often specialise in one of several areas such as ontology and neurology, allergy, rhinology or facial reconstructive surgery. Otolaryngologists can work in a variety of health care industries, and salaries can vary based on a number of factors.


After successful completion of an undergraduate program and medical school, otolaryngologists must complete five years of otolaryngology residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. All states require a license to practice as a physician and the American Board of Otolaryngology offers a voluntary board certification program for otolaryngologists.

Base Salary

Otolaryngologists receive a yearly base salary which is distributed in increments throughout the year. In November 2010, PayScale reported a national average base salary ranging from £98,602 to £195,482 per year. Average salaries are based on individuals currently working in this occupation reporting their wages and other career information to PayScale.

Other Compensation

Along with a base salary, many of these professionals reported receiving a bonus. A bonus varies by employer, but is often based on the organisation's overall financial performance. Payscale reported average bonuses ranged from £3,250 to £35,750 per year. Total compensation including a base salary and bonus ranged from £113,736 to £199,191 per year for otolaryngologists.


An otolaryngologist’s speciality area can lead to a career in a variety of health care industries including private practices, plastic surgery, hospitals and medical service providers to name a few. PayScale reported the highest salaries with physician's offices, ranging from £129,806 to £212,013 per year. Hospitals paid otolaryngologists average salaries ranging from £124,197 to £205,177 per year and medical service providers paid average salaries ranging from £123,812 to £206,547 per year.

Professional Experience

In many professional occupations, salaries can increase with professional experience. Otolaryngologists' salary can base on their speciality area, education and training, as well as professional experience. PayScale reported 32 per cent of ontolaryngologists had between one and four years of experience, 18 per cent had between five and nine years of experience and 46 per cent had over 10 years of experience.

Otolaryngologists with one to four years of experience earned average salaries ranging from £78,224 to £134,976 per year. Those with five to nine years of experince earned average salaries ranging from £134,875 to £249,398 per year, and those with over 10 years of experience earned average salaries ranging from £89,375 to £211,250 per year.