Urologist Salary, Job Description, Schools and Training

By Patmos Zen •  Updated: 07/16/16 •  3 min read

Urologist salary on average is between $144,710 – $489,992 according to Payscale, Medscape put it at an average of $348,000, this represent the third highest salary according to their chart. Urologists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of diseases and conditions within the urinary tract, and within mens’ reproductive organs. They are trained to do surgeries and they undergo rigorous training, internship and examinations before they are licensed.

Urologist are also known as genitourinary surgeons, they do both surgical and non invasive treatment. The profession is highly specialized and the urologist salary is deserving. Though they may receive different salaries due to the location, skills, training, education and employer.

Urologist Salary

The urologist salary is one of the highest in the medical field, the job is specialized and it also requires special skills. The average salary stands at about $348,000, while the range is between $144,710 – $489,992. The total package include overtime, perks, benefits and allowances for the urologist.

The employer of the urologist also determines the earnings and urologist salary, they are often found in schools, universities, research laboratories, hospitals, clinics and private practice. The academics may receive less than their counterparts in the hospital.

Some top-tier professionals in this field can earn up to $800,000 per annum, here some more stats to support this.

$60,000 – $356,000 for one to four years
$112,751 – $204,470 for five to nine years
$96,846 – $453,018 for 10 -19 years
$100,101 – $499, 666 for 20 or more years

In this profession the women earn slightly more than their male counterparts, while the urologist working in the academics earn the lowest among urologist. There are more self-employed urologist in the United States.

Urologist Job Description

The job of the urologist is quite straight forward, though it may involve surgery or noninvasive treatment. Some of the responsibilities of a urologist may include:

The urologist helps to diagnose the illness and duration of the disease by suggesting certain tests to the patient.

A urologist must: have a developed understanding of all medical equipment, including sterilization and sanitation techniques; interview patients to decide symptoms; determine treatment methods; discuss treatments and diagnoses with patients and families; create and maintain patient records; recommend treatments, including post-op care; and openly discuss the risks and benefits of treatments.

Urologist Schools and Education

To practice as a urologist you must be trained as a physician, You will need to complete a 4 years bachelor’s degree in a science related subject which will be composed of physics, biology and chemistry. After undergraduate studies, you need to sit and pass the MCAT exam to gain admission.

The Medical school program is for 4 years, which is followed by an internship program for about 4 – 5 years after which the urologist to be will sit for and pass the board exam. License to practice vary from state to state, so you need to get the relevant license to practice.

After you may apply to hospitals and medical facilities of your choice.

The urologist salary is expected to raise over time, especially with more women and some men preferring  treatment for a woman.