Enthusiasm for research and teaching are often the main reasons neurosurgical residents choose academic careers, and subspecialty choice usually stems from an interest in that particular field. However, recent salary data bring to light a work relative value unit–related trend in American academic neurosurgeon salaries, one that is similar to private practice, where compensation is strongly correlated with clinical productivity. In addition, there are significant disparities in how various subspecialties are remunerated in academic settings. For example, functional and pediatric specialists earn significantly lower salaries on average compared with their spine and endovascular colleagues. These trends have important implications both for neurosurgical trainees and for institutions in the United States.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology