Naturopathic physicians help patients using untraditional treatment methods.
Naturopathic physicians are medical professionals who provide non-traditional treatment methods for patients who suffer from a variety of illnesses and diseases. Their treatment methods include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, oriental medicine, naturopathic obstetrics, psychological medicine and minor surgery. Salary can vary for this occupation based on geography and employer types.
Nathuropathic physicians complete a four-year graduate program which includes academic studies, as well as clinical and practical training totaling approximately 4,500 hours. After passing these requirements successfully, a doctor of naturopathic medicine (N.D.) is obtained. Licensing requirements vary by state for this occupation. States that require a license to practice administer a board certification examination (NPLEX). Continuing education is required to maintain this license.
These professionals are paid a base salary and some employers offer bonuses based on financial revenues and individual performance. In October 2010, Payscale reported average base salaries ranging between $40,317 and $95,743 per year. Bonuses averaged between $475 and $6,500 per year. The total average compensation ranged between $41,604 and $100,921 per year.
Unlike many occupations, statistics show salaries for this occupation can vary greatly, but does not vary based on professional experience. Payscale reported the majority of these professionals — 56 percent — have between one and four years of experience. For those with this amount of experience, average salaries ranged between $39,999 and $90,000 per year. Those with five to nine years of experience earned average salaries ranging between $41,602 and $82,580 per year. Those with 10 to 19 years of experience earned average salaries ranging between $27,600 and $100,000 per year.
Naturopathic physicians can work in a variety of industries including health care, health clinics, family medicine and medical offices. The highest salaries were in the family medicine industry, averaging between $59,048 and $101,067 per year. Health clinics paid average salaries ranging between $53,710 and $91,600 per year, and the general health care industry paid average salaries ranging between $56,779 and $97,477 per year.
Popular cites for this occupation include Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle and Portland. The highest salaries were in Chicago, ranging between $23,583 and $122,084 per year. Naturopathic physicians in Phoenix earned average salaries ranging between $58,958 and $98,264 per year.