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Bell Curve


Rookie Radiologist. Salary: $288,000 

After finishing your undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, another year as an intern, and then four more years in residency, you're so excited to start your entry-level position as a radiologist. It helps that "entry-level" still nets you close to $300,000 per year.


Intermediate Imager. Salary: $330,000 

You've officially been a radiologist for a few years now, getting used to the heavy workload and occasional twenty-four hour shifts. If only you could get used to that weird look people get when they see an image of their insides.


Dependable Doctor. Salary: $376,000 

Like any doctor, once you hit your prime, you're able to cut back your schedule and caseload to a more manageable amount. You may have to devote one night a week to on-call duties, but you get your weekends free to sit in a dark room and read all those back issues of Radiology Today. Congrats.


Private Prognosticator. Salary: $430,000 

After many years in the trenches at the hospital, you decide to move into private practice with a group of radiologists. You earn more now, but you need to learn some administrative duties to help keep the office running. Hmm, nobody said there'd be this much grunt work involved...


Ready for Retirement. Salary: $720,000 

Before retiring, many radiologists prefer to scale back and work part-time. Choosing your own hours, income, and type of work is a just reward for all the time you spent giving up your hours, income, and workload in the first half of your career. Enjoy it and go play with your new camera.