Pediatrician earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pediatrician salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $268,010
Wisconsin $266,160
Mississippi $258,910
Nevada $258,750
Montana $248,370
Utah $240,060
Iowa $237,030
Alabama $220,910
New Hampshire $200,310
Minnesota $199,610
Wyoming $194,830
Delaware $191,720
South Dakota $190,710
Missouri $197,760
Connecticut $185,810
Rhode Island $182,200
Virginia $184,900
Arkansas $190,010
Massachusetts $180,300
Oregon $186,610
Indiana $181,390
Maine $174,860
Tennessee $181,740
New Jersey $171,400
New Mexico $187,290
Texas $161,770
California $178,480
Colorado $167,750
Washington $183,720
Kentucky $159,540
Georgia $162,140
New York $172,590
North Carolina $153,830
Hawaii $158,660
Idaho $150,390
Maryland $167,290
Vermont $155,650
Pennsylvania $153,720
Ohio $152,400
Louisiana $99,600
Nebraska $169,440
South Carolina $139,810
Florida $146,990
Arizona $117,260
Illinois $139,220
Michigan $138,830
Kansas $143,380
District of Columbia $113,540
Puerto Rico $76,580

How much does a Pediatrician earn?

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%.

How do pediatrician salaries compare to similar careers?

Pediatricians earn 7% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than pathologists but more than naturopathic physicians.

Career Median Salary
Pathologist salary $201K
Ophthalmologist salary $201K
Neurologist salary $201K
Urologist salary $201K
Internist salary $194K
Pediatrician salary $171K
Dentist salary $152K
Podiatrist salary $130K
Veterinarian salary $94K
Naturopathic physician salary $74K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)