The median annual salary for physiatrists ranges between $180,000 to $250,000 for professors on medical school faculty.* This range is often greater than many primary care specialties but less than many surgical specialties. A physiatrist may earn more in medical directorships or interventional practices. Private practice settings typically offer more compensation while academic and other institutional positions can offer more stability, opportunities for research/grant funding, and potentially better lifestyles. In most cases, the harder you are willing to work, the more you have the potential to make. There are also significant regional differences, with more saturated markets offering lower pay and under-represented areas offering higher salaries. One must consider further the cost of living in any particular part of the country when comparing salary offers.