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What is the Average Pediatrician Salary?

What is the Average Pediatrician Salary?
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for pediatricians is $198,420.
  • According to Medscape, general pediatricians earn an average of $244,000 annually.
  • Montana is the highest paid state in the U.S. for pediatricians with a mean annual salary of $297,280, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there were 60,305 active pediatricians in the U.S. in 2021. 

Pediatricians have varying salaries based on specialty, location and other factors, but it is a good idea to have a general understanding of salary to help guide negotiations and create a financial plan.

What is the average pediatrician salary? 

According to the BLS, the mean annual wage for pediatricians is $198,420. 

Medscape reports that general pediatricians’ average annual earnings were $244,000 in 2022.

How much do pediatricians make per hour?

The mean annual wage for pediatricians as reported by the BLS equates to an hourly wage of $95.40.

Pediatrician salary by state: What do physicians make in each state?

Pediatricians’ salaries can vary greatly by state and territory, ranging from $91,350 in Puerto Rico to $297,280 in Montana. According to the BLS, these are the annual mean salaries for pediatricians by state:

  • Alabama – $178,470
  • Alaska – $189,750
  • Arizona – $200,350
  • Arkansas – $196,400
  • California – $198,000
  • Colorado – $231,260
  • Connecticut – $176,680
  • Delaware – $209,320
  • Florida – $179,270
  • Georgia – $184,210
  • Hawaii – $212,430
  • Idaho – $175,750
  • Illinois – N/A
  • Indiana – $204,490
  • Iowa – $253,530
  • Kansas – $154,520
  • Kentucky – $201,560
  • Louisiana – N/A
  • Maine – $227,310
  • Maryland – $196,630
  • Massachusetts – $197,800
  • Michigan – $161,680
  • Minnesota – $218,440
  • Mississippi – $259,780
  • Missouri – $140,410
  • Montana – $297,280
  • Nebraska – $130,030
  • Nevada – $199,110
  • New Hampshire – $262,770
  • New Jersey – $221,120
  • New Mexico – $222,350
  • New York – $174,650
  • North Carolina – $233,930
  • North Dakota – N/A
  • Ohio – $187,300
  • Oklahoma – $190,180
  • Oregon – $191,510
  • Pennsylvania – $169,570
  • Puerto Rico – $91,350
  • Rhode Island – $223,610
  • South Carolina – $257,550
  • South Dakota – $214,080
  • Tennessee – $186,920
  • Texas – $264,190
  • Utah – $233,620
  • Vermont – N/A
  • Virginia – $154,670
  • Washington – $230,540
  • West Virginia – $190,700
  • Wisconsin – $250,480
  • Wyoming – $238,640

Highest paying states for pediatricians

According to the BLS, these are the highest paying states for pediatricians:

  1. Montana – $297,280
  2. Texas – $264,190
  3. New Hampshire – $262,770
  4. Mississippi – $259,780
  5. South Carolina – $257,550

Physician salary by specialty: How do pediatricians’ salaries compare to other specialties?

According to Medscape, pediatricians make an average of $244,000 per year. The average salaries for other medical specialties are as follows:

  • Plastic surgery – $576,000
  • Orthopedics – $557,000
  • Cardiology – $490,000
  • Otolaryngology – $469,000
  • Urology – $461,000
  • Gastroenterology – $453,000
  • Dermatology – $438,000
  • Radiology – $437,000
  • Ophthalmology – $417,000
  • Oncology – $411,000
  • Anesthesiology – $405,000
  • General surgery – $402,000
  • Emergency medicine – $373,000
  • Critical care – $369,000
  • Pulmonary medicine – $353,000
  • Ob/Gyn – $336,000
  • Pathology – $334,000
  • Nephrology – $329,000
  • Physical medicine & rehabilitation – $322,000
  • Neurology – $301,000
  • Allergy & immunology – $298,000
  • Rheumatology – $289,000
  • Psychiatry – $287,000
  • Internal medicine – $264,000
  • Infectious diseases – $260,000
  • Diabetes & endocrinology – $257,000
  • Family medicine – $255,000
  • Public health & preventive medicine – $243,000

How do pediatricians’ bonuses compare to other bonuses?

According to data from Medscape, 57% of physicians receive an incentive bonus as part of their income. The average annual bonus for a pediatrician is $28,000, the lowest of all reported specialties.

Other specialties’ average incentive bonuses are

  • Orthopedics – $126,000
  • Ophthalmology – $100,000
  • Cardiology – $85,000
  • Gastroenterology – $74,000
  • Urology – $73,000
  • Anesthesiology – $68,000
  • Radiology – $66,000
  • Pathology – $54,000
  • Emergency medicine – $51,000
  • Ob/Gyn – $49,000
  • Physical medicine & rehabilitation – $48,000
  • General surgery – $46,000
  • Psychiatry – $33,000
  • Family medicine – $30,000
  • Internal medicine – $29,000
  • Neurology – $29,000

Are pediatricians’ salaries increasing?

According to Medscape, general pediatricians’ salaries increased by 10% in 2022, though individuals may have seen their personal income decline.

Before you go…

The salaries of medical professionals, including pediatricians, can vary greatly depending on the region and the practice. 

The sudden rise in salary that occurs when transitioning from training to practice can be difficult to adjust to. Our Build Your Team program connects you to experts in financial planning, budgeting, taxes, and more for free, so that you can feel confident in negotiating and navigating your new salary.

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