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:
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%.
Pediatricians average a score of 4.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Pediatricians in the 99th percentile of salary satisfaction.