Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for podiatrists was $126,240 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent of podiatrists in the United States earned less than $54,150, whilst the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.
The highest paying industry for podiatrists in the United States was Offices of physicians, where the median annual salary was $141,920. This was followed by offices of other health practitioners ($135,330), hospitals ($124,200) and the federal government ($116,900).
Autonomy and flexibility
When a podiatrist is in the early stages of their training, they will be supervised by experienced podiatrists. Therefore, when in the early stages of their career podiatrists will not have too much flexibility or autonomy. However, once the complete all the relevant education, podiatrists are given lots of responsibility! Podiatrists are encouraged to be self-directed and make their own decisions, this means that they will have a great deal of autonomy. Flexibility is perhaps lower, even for qualified podiatrists, as they are often busy and have little control over the hours they work. Even physicians who own their own practice will find the hours choosing them.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a podiatrist, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities available, are:
- Florida, where the average annual salary is $123,050
- Alabama, where the average annual salary is $112,598
- South Carolina, where the average annual salary is $112,828
- Georgia, where the average annual salary is $113,526
- North Carolina, where the average annual salary is $107,347
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii.
Podiatrists held about 10,500 jobs in the United States in 2019. 62% of podiatrists were employed by offices of other health practitioners. 14% were employed by offices of physicians, 9% by the federal government, 7% by hospitals and 5% by self-employed workers.
Podiatrists may work in group practices with other physicians or specialists. Podiatrists may work closely with other physicians or nurses and often they work in a cohesive and forward thinking team.