Pediatrician earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pediatrician salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $268,010
Alabama $220,910
Arkansas $190,010
Arizona $117,260
California $178,480
Colorado $167,750
Connecticut $185,810
District of Columbia $113,540
Delaware $191,720
Florida $146,990
Georgia $162,140
Hawaii $158,660
Iowa $237,030
Idaho $150,390
Illinois $139,220
Indiana $181,390
Kansas $143,380
Kentucky $159,540
Louisiana $99,600
Massachusetts $180,300
Maryland $167,290
Maine $174,860
Michigan $138,830
Minnesota $199,610
Missouri $197,760
Mississippi $258,910
Montana $248,370
North Carolina $153,830
Nebraska $169,440
New Hampshire $200,310
New Jersey $171,400
New Mexico $187,290
Nevada $258,750
New York $172,590
Ohio $152,400
Oklahoma $161,050
Oregon $186,610
Pennsylvania $153,720
Puerto Rico $76,580
Rhode Island $182,200
South Carolina $139,810
South Dakota $190,710
Tennessee $181,740
Texas $161,770
Utah $240,060
Virginia $184,900
Vermont $155,650
Washington $183,720
Wisconsin $266,160
Wyoming $194,830

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. 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 11% more than similar careers in South Carolina. On average, they make less than ophthalmologists but more than coroners.

Career Median Salary
Ophthalmologist salary $170K
Neurologist salary $170K
Dermatologist salary $170K
Hospitalist salary $170K
Dentist salary $154K
Pediatrician salary $140K
Veterinarian salary $100K
Chiropractor salary $70K
Naturopathic physician salary $61K
Coroner salary $56K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)