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Anesthesiology salary survey results, as well as those for different medical and surgical specialties, are based on surveys of physicians and are publicly available on the web (see for example anesthesiologist salaries on momMD).
Because of the significant shortage of anesthesiologists, anesthesiology salaries are well above the mean of most medical specialties. One interesting recent note is that CRNA salaries now exceed that of many primary care physicians.
Salary information can be used in several ways, specifically in evaluating different physician job possibilities.
First, locum tenens positions will often set base pay scale on the national average income. The pay can be adjusted by local cost-of-living difference from the national average.
In evaluating a anesthesiology job offer it is important to know the average pay for the specialty. Independent of locum tenens positions, the national average of physician salaries in different specialties is often used as a target: a physician who generates more than the average patient revenue, either by attending more cases or by overseeing more CRNAs in cases, can generate larger salaries or bonuses.
The average physician salary for an internist (see Internal Medicine Survey) can be used as a benchmark for comparison with other medical specialities.
Source: Salary Survey 2012