Pediatrician, General Salary
Wages for General Pediatricians in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($145K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $36K and $21K, respectively — total cash payment to General Pediatricians can bottom out near $97K or peak near $199K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-half collect dental insurance. The vast majority (80 percent) of General Pediatricians who took the survey are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Pediatrician, General
General pediatricians are doctors who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. They typically assume the care-giving responsibilities of doctor from obstetricians shortly after the birth of a child, and are also responsible for diagnosing and treating illnesses, administering vaccinations, treating accidents and injuries, and generally overseeing the health and wellness of the young patients in their care.Read More...
For parents, general pediatricians are also a source of counseling and comfort. Many parents turn to them for advice regarding physical or mental issues with children, which range from diet to psychological or behavioral diagnoses. Pediatricians also assess these areas when seeing patients and offer recommendations and assistance to parents who may need a greater understanding of the circumstances.
As can be surmised by the broad range of services that may be required in the healthcare of children, a pediatrician is something of a jack-of-all-trades. Still, their primary focus is on the welfare and general health of young adults and kids, and they typically focus on early detection of potential problems to recognize and treat them as early as possible. Because of the unique aspects of child care and parent-assurance, general pediatricians should have excellent people skills and good bedside manner for working with children.
Aspiring general pediatricians should specialize in the discipline during the latter stages of medical school training, and their internships and residencies will focus on this field. Those in this position normally work in small practices or clinics, and some may work in large hospitals. They generally work during traditional business hours in a medical office or clinical setting.
Pediatrician, General Tasks
- Care for the health of infants, children, teenagers, and young adults.
- Provide regular scheduled immunizations to infants and children.
- Diagnosis and treat a variety of ailments specific to young people and track patients' growth to adulthood.
- Diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
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Pay by Experience Level for Pediatrician, General
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many General Pediatricians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $139K on average. For General Pediatricians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $153K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $163K.
Pay Difference by Location
San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for General Pediatricians, 15 percent above the national average. General Pediatricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Salt Lake City (+13 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (10 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).
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