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Pediatric salary

How much do pediatricians make?

What is the salary for a pediatrician?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. Survey respondents represent pediatricians who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average pediatrician salary in 2020


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for pediatricians compare to other years?

Almost half (44%) of pediatricians said their salaries decreased during the pandemic and 77% said their workload decreased, mostly due to fewer sick children and parent fear of exposure in routine appointments. COVID-19 led to increased stress for pediatricians with 55% reporting burnout. Seventy-four percent of pediatricians have already taken or will be taking time off work in the next few months and 45% are planning to make a job change within a year.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender

In 2020, most pediatricians were female.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Emergency medicine


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Emergency medicine



Where did pediatricians work in 2020?

Last year, most pediatricians worked for clinics or community health centers.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - Pediatric

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Group practice - Pediatric

Group practice


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Community center - Pediatric

Clinic or community center



Pediatricians who took this survey

Most pediatricians are from the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) and in 2020 most worked in the southeast. Most were full-time employed physicians but 46% are considering a job change within the next year. To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are emergency medicine physicians?


Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states.