Pediatrician salary

Pediatricians are physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.

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Pediatrician Salary During Residency Training

Post-residency Pediatrician salary

Pediatrician Salary in the United States

Pediatrician Salary by States

Impact of Fellowship Training on Pediatrician Salary

Effect of  Pediatrician Salary on Income Tax

Pediatrician Salary During Residency Training

Pediatrician salary during 3 years of post-MD training is very low. Here is what a pediatric resident typically gets during residency:

Salaries for 2013

  • First-year pediatric resident, $51,871
  • Second-year pediatric resident, $53,766
  • Third-year pediatric resident, $55,807


  • Priority for subsidized housing
  • Four weeks paid vacation per year
  • Institution-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for residents and eligible dependents
  • Long-term disability and life insurance for residents
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Educational stipend
  • AAP membership
  • Pager and lab coat
  • Access to online full text articles and journals
  • Training for neonatal resuscitation certification
  • Training for PALS certification

Post-residency Pediatrician salary, 2010

Based on a survey, the average pediatrician salary in the first year out of residency was:

For those entering general pediatric practice: $124,360
Pediatric hospitalists: $119,256
Chief residents: $64,932
Pediatric subspecialty fellows: $54,292
Non-pediatric subspecialty fellows: $51,750

Pediatrician Salary in the United States

Mean Hourly Wage: $81.08
Mean Annual Wage:$168650

Pediatrician Salary by States:

An overview of pediatrician salary by states is shown in the following image.

Impact of Fellowship Training on Pediatrician Salary

Most graduating pediatric residents either begin practice as a general pediatrician after a 3-year residency or pursue subspecialty training by entering a 3-year fellowship.

Pediatrician Salary following a Fellowship Training

Specialty                                               Median
Pediatric Allergy                                  $198,458
Pediatric Cardiology                            $233,958
Pediatric Endocrinology                       $187,957
Pediatric Gastroenterology                  $240,895
Pediatric Hematology / Oncology       $212,577
Pediatric Infectious Disease                $209,680
Pediatric Intensive Care                      $272,000
Pediatric Nephrology                          $198,686
Pediatric Neurology                           $219,561
Pediatric Pulmonology                       $201,841
Pediatric Surgery                               $419,783
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine     $209,873

Not many paediatric resident go for fellowship training. Except for a few subspecialities like cardiology, critical care and neonatology, most subspecialities do not have much financial incentive. To encourage them to go into subspeciality training, “On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the health care reform bill, which has a section devoted to the allocation of loan-repayment funds for physicians who pursue full-time employment as pediatric subspecialists. Specifically, the bill affords up to $35 000/year in loan-repayment funds for up to 3 years to individuals who pursue the pediatric subspecialties. No loan-repayment funds are allocated to those who pursue general pediatrics.”

In term of job satisfaction it is to be noted that in a study of pediatric resident from 2003 through 2009 more than 90% pediatric resident said they would choose pediatrics again if they had the choice.The study also found an increase in female graduating pediatric resident and also international medical graduates residents.

Effect of  Pediatrician Salary on Income Tax

TABLE 1 – Section 1(a) – Married Individuals Filing Joint Returns and Surviving  Spouses
If Taxable Income Is:                                  The Tax Is:
Not over $17,850                                         10% of the taxable income
Over $17,850 but                                          $1,785 plus 15% of
not over $72,500                                            the excess over $17,850
Over $72,500 but                                          $9,982.50 plus 25% of
not over $146,400                                           the excess over $72,500
Over $146,400 but                                        $28,457.50 plus 28% of
not over $223,050                                            the excess over $146,400
Over $223,050 but                                        $49,919.50 plus 33% of
not over $398,350                                           the excess over $223,050
Over $398,350 but                                        $107,768.50 plus 35% of
not over $450,000                                            the excess over $398,350
Over $450,000                                              $125,846 plus 39.6% of
                                                                        the excess over $450,000


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AMGA (American Medical Group Association) 2009 Physician Compensation Survey 

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