Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for pediatricians in the United States was $183,240 in 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $68,860 per year, whereas the highest 10% earned more than $208,000 per year.
The top paying industry was speciality hospitals (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse), where the median annual salary was $205,370. This was followed by the local government ($203,130), outpatient care centers ($198,680), offices of physicians ($188,980) and finally general medical and surgical hospitals ($167,640).
Autonomy and flexibility
Like any medical career, pediatricians will not have a great deal of flexibility or autonomy at the beginning of their career, as they are supervised by more experienced physicians in order to gain experience.
However, once fully qualified, most pediatricians work is self-directed and they will have a huge amount of autonomy and responsibility. Pediatricians have control over hundreds of decisions each day, whether it’s about diagnosis, medications or treatment.
However, flexibility is perhaps lower, as pediatrician often have little control over the hours they work. Even pediatricians who own their own practice will find the hours choosing them.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a pediatrician, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities available, are:
- Nevada, where the average annual salary is $203,864
- New Mexico where the average annual salary is $190,119
- South Dakota, where the average annual salary is $184,984
- Arkansas, where the average annual salary is $181,996
- Oregon where the average annual salary is $188,910
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Kansas, Louisiana, District of Columbia, South Carolina and Hawaii.
Most pediatricians will work in physicians’ offices, but they may also work in hospitals, in academia or for the government. Pediatricians tend to work in group practices, where they share a large number of patience with other doctors – this is becoming increasingly popular, as it allows general physicians to share the caseload and coordinate better care for their patient. Like all physicians, pediatricians tend to work in clean and sanitary environments.