The salary of pulmonologist in USA is not as high as you may think. After 2 years of Fellowship training starting salary of pulmonologist is not too high, being on average level in comparison to other medical professionals.
Look at annual pulmonologist salary in USA:
Average Pulmonologist Salary, $
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Pulmonology is not a very attractive specialty due to hectic lifestyle. But from the other side - it's one of the most popular among IMGs, who found pulmonology much less competitive in comparison to other fields of Internal Medicine. How to become a Pulmonologist in USA ?
This specialty, classified as an Internal Medicine Sub-specialty, is accessible as a fellowship after completing a residency in Internal Medicine - ( a big reason why Internal Medicine is attractive - loads of specialization options !!) Salaries are impressive, as they are for most specialists. (By the way, for the non-medicos who happen to read this blog, a pulmonologist is the physician who checks out your lungs).
How Long is Pulmonology Fellowship Training ?
Usually the duration for a Pulmonary medicine fellowship is 2 years, but could be more at some places with advanced training options or when it is combined with another related specialty like Critical Care fellowship - for example the University California San Diego Fellowship program.
A recently emerging specialization after pulmonary fellowship is Interventional Pulmonology.