Pediatrician Salary

A Pediatrician Salary is calculated from a variety of sources. Pediatricians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The average salary varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Pediatricians reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. 

Pediatrician: Median Hourly & Annual Data Hourly

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The average salary is $74.00 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $42 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $96 per hour.


On an annual basis the average wage is $153,920 The lowest 10% earn less than $88,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $199,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or median wage.

Lowest and Highest Salary

The lowest paid Pediatricians earn less than $88,0000 annually while the highest paid Pediatricians earn more than $220,000 per year.  Some factors that drive the lower salary include providers who see fewer patients or work part time as well as those working in rural and impoverished areas.  Higher salary data is driven by factors that include providers who have higher case loads, work more hours and work in  metropolitan areas.

Pediatrician examines a child.  Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in treating children's diseases and injuries.

Pediatrician examines a child.  Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in treating children's diseases and injuries.

Top 5 States

The best paying states to earn a Pediatrician salary are Mississipi, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Pediatrician salary are Baton Rouge LA, Toledo OH, Jackson MS, Salem OR, and Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock NC-SC.

Click here to see the salary of Pediatricians for all 50 states

Where They Work

Of the entire group of Pediatricians employed in the United States over 22,000 of them work in the offices of physicians and other healthcare providers. An additional 4,300 work in hospitals. A small number work in an outpatient care setting and a small number work for the federal government and in the military. 

Other Industries that Employ Pediatricians

Local government, schools and colleges and employment agencies also provide employment opportunities for these professionals.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 30,560 Pediatricians practicing in the U.S.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Pediatricians in private practice earn a median salary of approximately $154,000 per year. The highest reported salary was over $222,000 per year and the lowest was $85,000. There is some difference between government sources reporting incomes for physicians and association or private sources.  Presumably, this is related to the methods used to collect data. 


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.  A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000.  Self-employed professionals may fund a benefits package for themselves and their employees which include 401K, healthcare, and other benefits.