According to Medscape, pediatricians were the second lowest ranked specialty in 2012, with a mean income of $173,000. Topping the list were orthopedists, cardiologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and urologists.
About 8% of pediatricians earn $300,000 or more; about 14% earn $100,000 or less. There are a few factors that can affect a pediatrician’s salary, such as education, experience, specialty and subspecialty board certification. Whether the pediatrician decides to work for a medical facility or open their own practice will also impact their salary, as will geographical location within the country.
Pediatric specialist's salaries are typically higher. CejkaSearch.com published the following data showing median pediatrician compensation, by specialty. The original data is from the AMGA (American Medical Group Association) 2009 Physician Compensation Survey:
Pediatric Allergy - $195,973
Pediatric Cardiology - $244,944
Pediatric Endocrinology - $185,901
Pediatric Gastroenterology - $236,700
Pediatric Hematology / Oncology - $205,999
Pediatric Infectious Disease - $199,165
Pediatric Intensive Care - $265,913
Pediatric Nephrology - $217,767
Pediatric Neurology - $209,955
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - $424,367
Pediatric Pulmonology - $176,974
Pediatric Surgery - $400,591
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine - $202,832
Do Men or Women Earn More?
According to Medscape, there's still a large pay gap between full-time male and female physicians, regardless of specialty. Overall, male physicians earn 30% more than their female counterparts. In pediatrics, however, that gap is 22%, less than in many other specialties.
One contributing factor involves women's choice of specialties. There are fewer women in some of the higher-paying specialties, which skews the overall percentages. For example, 9% of orthopedist survey respondents were women, whereas in some of the specialties with lower income, such as pediatrics, 53% of respondents were women; for family medicine, it was 36%.
Junior Pediatrician Earnings
Junior Pediatricians in South Dakota earn:
Starting Pediatrician Earnings
Starting Pediatricians in South Dakota earn:
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
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