Anesthesiologist salary

How much do anesthesiologists make?

What is the salary for an anesthesiologist? conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. Survey respondents represent anesthesiologists who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average anesthesiologist salary in 2020


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for anesthesiologists compare to other years?

The average anesthesiologist salary had steadily been increasing over the years, but during the pandemic many anesthesiologists lost work or had their roles shift to assisting intubating COVID patients, resulting in an average decreased salary in 2020. More than a third (34%) stated their salary decreased last year due to the pandemic and 24% said they were laid off or furloughed in 2020. More than half (53%) said their workload decreased due to COVID-19.

Almost half of anesthesiologists reported burnout in 2020 due to COVID-19 and three-quarters of them are planning to take time off work or vacation in 2021. To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

There are more male than female anesthesiologists, and the gap shifted even more during 2020. Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Male Salary


2% increase Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Female Salary


2% decrease

Where did anesthesiologists work in 2020?

More than half of anesthesiologists worked in hospitals in 2020.

Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed


Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Academic



Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice


View clinician employment trends during the pandemic and insight into how COVID-19 affected their salary and workload.

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Respondent demographics

Anesthesiologists who took this survey

In 2020 most anesthesiologists worked in the Northeast and Midwest. More than half (51%) were full-time employed physicians, though almost a third owned their own practice. More than half have also been working in anesthesiology for at least 21 years. More than a third (35%) are planning to change jobs within the next year. The baby boomer generation (anesthesiologists born between 1946 and 1964) make up almost half of all respondents. Last year most respondents were of generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). There were also fewer millennials (born between 1981 and 1997) working this year than in the past.

To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Years in practice

Employment status

How old are anesthesiologists?

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo