Income Expectations for Naturopathic Physicians
While income may not be the most important factor for graduates of naturopathic medical school, we recognize that applicants want to feel secure in their ability to make a living and pay off student loan debt. The AANMC conducted its 2015 Graduate Success and Compensation Study in an effort to help prospective students understand their income expectations once they become practicing naturopathic physicians.
Additionally, AANMC, our member schools, and professional associations actively work to increase job opportunities, student loan reimbursement options, and insurance coverage for ND care.
Graduates who use their naturopathic medical degree in a full-time position have seen their annual pay more than double since prior to enrolling in school.
- Naturopathic medical professionals practicing full-time earn about $90,000 annually on average in the U.S., compared to about $39,000 before entering school.*
- In Canada, they earn about $74,000, compared to about $34,000 before entering school.
Note – It takes the majority of graduates 3-5 years to establish a private practice.
Graduates who use their naturopathic medical degree in a part-time position (32 hours or less) have seen their average salaries steadily increase the longer they work in the naturopathic medical field.
How an additional degree can increase your income…
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Beyond financial considerations NDs have a better work-life balance.
Supporting information from our survey as well as information gathered from Mayo Clinic:
- Percentage of naturopathic medical graduates satisfied or very satisfied with their work-life balance 70% 70%
- Percentage of physicians in the U.S. that are satisfied or very satisfied with their work-life balance 41% 41%