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

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Montana Flag
Montana
0.23
$113.79
$236,690
Utah Flag
Utah
0.19
$113.66
$236,410
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.08
$109.23
$227,200
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.08
$107.89
$224,410
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.24
$99.75
$207,480

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual 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

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
0.248
$88.26
$183,580
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.165
$90.87
$189,010
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.276
$68.78
$143,060
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.118
$95.15
$197,900
California Flag
California
0.311
$87.55
$182,100
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.144
$89.70
$186,570
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
0.338
$82.18
$170,930
Delaware flag
Delaware
(8)-
$76.37
$158,850
Florida Flag
Florida
0.165
$82.61
$171,840
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.239
$80.35
$167,120
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.108
$82.59
$171,800
Idaho Flag
Idaho
0.111
$80.41
$167,250
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.172
$68.79
$143,080
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.179
$95.84
$199,340
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.079
$87.63
$182,280
Kansas Flag
Kansas
(8)-
$72.61
$151,040
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
0.312
$83.70
$174,090
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.126
$80.86
$168,200
Maine Flag
Maine
0.246
$87.44
$181,880
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.295
$78.26
$162,780
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.65
$89.53
$186,210
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.19
$88.80
$184,710
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.188
$90.41
$188,050
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.082
$107.89
$224,410
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.084
$85.96
$178,800
Montana Flag
Montana
0.232
$113.79
$236,690
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.241
$99.75
$207,480
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.11
$68.61
$142,710
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
0.224
$93.24
$193,940
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.332
$83.40
$173,480
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.078
$89.44
$186,040
New York Flag
New York
0.28
$81.92
$170,400
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
0.2
$93.67
$194,830
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.287
$73.92
$153,760
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.108
$97.15
$202,070
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.318
$89.06
$185,240
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.065
$67.64
$140,690
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
0.262
$85.75
$178,370
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
0.103
$88.96
$185,040
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.081
$109.23
$227,200
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.241
$89.88
$186,950
Texas Flag
Texas
0.274
$88.70
$184,490
Utah Flag
Utah
0.195
$113.66
$236,410
Vermont Flag
Vermont
0.729
$68.03
$141,510
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.275
$76.38
$158,860
Washington Flag
Washington
0.104
$91.47
$190,270
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.092
$45.20
$94,010
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.084
$95.47
$198,580
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
0.299
$74.58
$155,130

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual 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

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Southwestern Montana – nonmetropolitan area
0.49
$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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