As of 2015, radiologists earn $351,000 a year on average, making radiology the sixth most highly paid specialty. Radiology is also one of the most lifestyle-friendly medical specialties and does not require many more years of training compared to other specialties.
Radiology consistently ranks among the most highly compensated medical specialty, topped only by fields such as orthopedics and cardiology. Location, experience and self-employment are factors that affect radiology salaries.
Some critics charge that radiologists are overpaid compared to other medical specialists, such as pediatricians and family practitioners. Despite their high salaries, radiologists rank slightly below average among medical specialists in their reported career satisfaction.