Pediatrician, General Salary
General Pediatricians in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $144K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of General Pediatricians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $39K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $21K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $97K and $200K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority enjoy medical while one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly two in five. Most General Pediatricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to 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.
General Pediatricians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $138K per year. General Pediatricians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $154K. 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 $162K.
Pay Difference by Location
General Pediatricians will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. General Pediatricians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), Salt Lake City (+13 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (11 percent lower) and Charleston (9 percent lower).
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