How Much Does a Pediatrician Make?

pediatrician job descriptionPediatricians are medical doctors who diagnose, treat, and prevent the ailments and diseases of infants, children, teenagers, and young adults. They treat and care newborns and patients until the age of 21.

Pediatricians typically work with a group in a hospital and have their own clinics but they can also be self-employed in their own offices. Aside from diagnosing medical conditions, pediatricians also monitor a child’s proper physical and mental growth, such as evaluating whether or not a child is developing in a normal state.

They generally reduce infant and child mortality, ease the daily lives of patients who have chronic conditions, as well as foster healthy lifestyles.

In order to become a pediatrician you will need to go through many years of studying.

Pediatrician Salary

How much does a pediatrician make? The average annual salary for pediatricians is $172,650 or an equivalent of $83.00 per hour.

pediatrician salaryThe average annual salaries in terms of industries are as follow: $192,510 for offices and/or clinics, $174,200 for general medical and surgical hospitals, $189,400 for outpatient care centers, $82,770 for colleges, universities, and professional schools, and $223,490 for specialty hospitals.

A pediatrician’s starting salary depends on a number of factors such as geographic region of practice, number of years in the profession, hours of work, skill, and professional reputation.

Top 5 Paying States

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Montana FlagMontana 0.23$113.79$236,690
Utah FlagUtah 0.19$113.66$236,410
South Dakota FlagSouth Dakota 0.08$109.23$227,200
Mississippi FlagMississippi 0.08$107.89$224,410
Nebraska FlagNebraska 0.24$99.75$207,480

Top Paying Industries

IndustryPercent of industry employmentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Specialty Hospitals 0.13$100.55$209,140
Employment Services $97.29$202,370
Local Government$91.01$189,300
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $87.75$182,510
Offices of Physicians 0.96$86.14$179,170

Pediatrician Job Description

what does a pediatrician doWhat does a pediatrician do? Generally, a pediatrician is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and ailments of infants, children, teenagers, and young adults until the age of 21. Simply put, a pediatrician diagnoses and treats medical problems of younger people.

Most pediatricians treat common illnesses, infectious diseases, minor injuries, and administrative vaccinations. They also often work with other doctors who specialize in different fields of medicine.

Among the specific duties of a pediatrician include reviewing a patient’s medical history, ordering tests to be done by nurses for the patients, reviewing test results and analyzing data, updating charts and patient information, recommending and creating a plan of treatment, helping parents to take care of their children’s health, and prescribing medicine. Some pediatricians also specialize in pediatric surgery and perform procedures on their young patients.

Pediatricians often work in hospitals and have a designated team of staff or nurses. Some pediatricians also have their private clinics that are separate from hospitals. They work full time and round the clock, as they must be available 24/7 for emergencies. They can work in the ER of a hospital, in the pediatrics ward, or specialize in neonatal intensive care.

Among the different specialties of pediatricians are pediatric cardiology, pediatric pulmonology, opthalmology neurology, neonatology, allergy and immunology, infectious diseases, nephrology and other fields of specializations.

Pediatricians also work with newborn babies that have just been delivered. Often, before the child is born, mothers already appoint a pediatrician to take care of their babies once they deliver in the hospital or clinic. Pediatricians check for congenital defects and other genetic variance, as well as the general health of the baby. Pediatricians also recommend certain procedures to be done when a medical problem is found in the newborn baby. They also advice the parents on milk supplement preferences and vaccinations that need to be administered.

A typical day for a pediatrician involves  visiting admitted patients, evaluating patients in an emergency room when needed, and visiting patients in the newborn nursery before starting his/her consultations at around 9am in the morning. Clinic hours typically last until the late afternoon.

Pediatrician Job Outlook

The projected increase in physicians and surgeons in general is seen at 15% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than other occupations. The increase is seen to be caused by continued expansion of healthcare industries in the country, as well as a growing accessibility to medical care through health insurance.

A growing population will also increase the demand for pediatricians in the following years. New developments in technology and research will make certain medical procedures faster, allowing for pediatricians to handle larger numbers of patients, or to open up new opportunities for employment in the field.

Because a pediatrician’s job is highly flexible and encompasses many fields, finding employment in the industry will be easier compared to other occupations. Those who are willing to relocate to rural areas are also seen to have better job prospects as more doctors are expected to be in demand in these areas in the following years.

Pediatrician Salary by State

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama FlagAlabama0.248$88.26$183,580
Alaska FlagAlaska0.165$90.87$189,010
Arizona FlagArizona0.276$68.78$143,060
Arkansas FlagArkansas0.118$95.15$197,900
California FlagCalifornia0.311$87.55$182,100
Colorado flagColorado0.144$89.70$186,570
Connecticut FlagConnecticut0.338$82.18$170,930
Delaware flagDelaware(8)-$76.37$158,850
Florida FlagFlorida0.165$82.61$171,840
Georgia FlagGeorgia0.239$80.35$167,120
Hawaii FlagHawaii0.108$82.59$171,800
Idaho FlagIdaho0.111$80.41$167,250
Illinois FlagIllinois0.172$68.79$143,080
Indiana FlagIndiana0.179$95.84$199,340
Iowa FlagIowa0.079$87.63$182,280
Kansas FlagKansas(8)-$72.61$151,040
Kentucky FlagKentucky0.312$83.70$174,090
Louisiana FlagLouisiana0.126$80.86$168,200
Maine FlagMaine0.246$87.44$181,880
Maryland FlagMaryland0.295$78.26$162,780
Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts0.65$89.53$186,210
Michigan FlagMichigan0.19$88.80$184,710
Minnesota FlagMinnesota0.188$90.41$188,050
Mississippi FlagMississippi0.082$107.89$224,410
Missouri FlagMissouri0.084$85.96$178,800
Montana FlagMontana0.232$113.79$236,690
Nebraska FlagNebraska0.241$99.75$207,480
Nevada FlagNevada0.11$68.61$142,710
New Hampshire FlagNew Hampshire0.224$93.24$193,940
New Jersey FlagNew Jersey0.332$83.40$173,480
New Mexico FlagNew Mexico0.078$89.44$186,040
New York FlagNew York0.28$81.92$170,400
North Carolina FlagNorth Carolina0.2$93.67$194,830
North Dakota FlagNorth Dakota
Ohio FlagOhio0.287$73.92$153,760
Oklahoma FlagOklahoma0.108$97.15$202,070
Oregon FlagOregon0.318$89.06$185,240
Pennsylvania FlagPennsylvania0.065$67.64$140,690
Rhode Island FlagRhode Island0.262$85.75$178,370
South Carolina FlagSouth Carolina0.103$88.96$185,040
South Dakota FlagSouth Dakota0.081$109.23$227,200
Tennessee FlagTennessee0.241$89.88$186,950
Texas FlagTexas0.274$88.70$184,490
Utah FlagUtah0.195$113.66$236,410
Vermont FlagVermont0.729$68.03$141,510
Virginia FlagVirginia0.275$76.38$158,860
Washington FlagWashington0.104$91.47$190,270
West Virginia FlagWest Virginia0.092$45.20$94,010
Wisconsin FlagWisconsin0.084$95.47$198,580
Wyomin FlagWyoming0.299$74.58$155,130

Top paying metropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Syracuse – NY
Salt Lake City – UT $122.81$255,450
Jacksonville – FL $121.81$253,360
Jonesboro – AR $121.53$252,770
Cape Coral / Fort Myers – FL $120.16$249,930

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Southwestern Montana – nonmetropolitan area0.49$111.98$232,910
Western Central – North Carolina – nonmetropolitan area $103.08$214,410
Northeast Alabama – nonmetropolitan area 0.33$101.27$210,650
East Georgia – nonmetropolitan area 0.50$93.27$194,000
North Carolina – nonmetropolitan area 0.30$91.44$190,190

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Noel Griffith, Ph.D.
Noel Griffith is a Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research. He has been an editor-in-chief of since 2014. Noel is an avid reader (non-fiction), enjoys good food, live theatre, and helping others make wiser career decisions.

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