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How Much Does an ER Pediatrician Make?

by Laura La Bella

An emergency room pediatrician administers care to infants, children and adolescents who come to the hospital as the result of an accident or medical emergency. ER pediatricians are highly trained in emergency medicine and can make an average annual salary of $175,000.

Salary and Qualifications

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages for physicians are among the highest of all occupations. While salaries vary depending on the specialty area, the average salary for a pediatrician was $172,000 in 2010. To become a pediatrician, one must earn a bachelor’s degree, attend medical school and complete a residency program. Pediatricians who work in an emergency room must complete an additional emergency medicine residency or fellowship. Once their educational requirements are met, physicians must apply for a medical license to practice in their respective state.

Salaries Range by Location

Salaries for ER pediatricians vary greatly due to geographic location. States where ER pediatricians make the highest average annual salaries include New York ($192,000), Washington, D.C. ($188,000), California, ($173,000) and Illinois ($172,000). Pediatricians in urban settings make more than their counterparts in suburban or rural settings. For example, an ER pediatrician in New York City makes an average of $205,000 annually. In Rochester, N.Y., an ER pediatrician makes an average of $122,000 annually. The states with the highest employment of pediatricians are California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.

Best Cities for Employment

The four best metropolitan areas for employment for pediatricians are the New York City region, which includes New York City and White Plains; the greater Los Angeles area, including Long Beach and Glendale; the Washington, D.C. region, which includes the District of Columbia and cities of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia; and Houston, Texas areas of Sugar Land and Baytown. These areas post the highest average annual salaries for pediatricians and strong employment opportunities. ER pediatricians find the most opportunities in urban settings where larger populations mean an increased chance for emergency care.

Career Outlook

Employment of physicians and surgeons is expected to grow by 24 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects are strong for physicians who are willing to practice in rural and low-income areas. These locations often have difficulty attracting physicians, even though opportunities are abundant.

About the Author

Laura La Bella has worked as a marketing communications writer and editor in the fields of advertising, development and higher education for more than 15 years. She has authored more than two dozen nonfiction books for young adults, covering biographies of socially relevant people, timely social issues and career paths.

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