According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a pediatrician was $165,720 per year in 2010. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the annual salary of a pediatrician, including those specializing in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, ranges from $160,111 to $228,750.
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The type of office you practice in can affect the type of salary you can expect to earn in this field. Pediatricians working in private practice earned an average annual salary of $168,730 in 2010. Outpatient care facilities paid the highest average annual salary of $182,090. Meanwhile, general medical and surgical hospitals paid the lowest average salary of $159,750 that year.
Salaries for developmental-behavioral pediatricians and other pediatricians vary by location. According to BLS data, the five states that paid the highest average salaries in this field include California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. In 2010, Massachusetts offered the highest average salary, paying pediatricians $166,980 per year, while the other top four paid salaries within a few thousand dollars of this average.
Developmental-behavioral pediatricians have earned the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) along with specializing qualifications in the area of developmental-behavioral pediatrics. This requires a four-year university degree as well as a four-year degree from a medical school that requires specialized course work in addition to generalized medical training. After medical school, you must work as a medical intern for two years before you will be fully qualified as a pediatrician. During your residency internship you can expect to earn between $47,000 to $72,000 per year, according to Marshfieldclinic.org.