Pediatricians provide medical care for patients from infancy to young adulthood. Pediatricians often treat common illnesses and injuries, and track the growth and development of their patients. A pediatrician may have his own office, work for a hospital, or a combination of both. Becoming a pediatrician will require four years of college, four years of medical school, and three to eight years as an intern and resident. Pediatricians who specialize may have more job opportunities and higher salaries.
As of 2009, there were 930 pediatricians in Georgia. Their mean hourly wage was $81.60 and they had a mean annual wage of $169,730. The mean wage refers to the average wage of all pediatricians in Georgia.
Differences by City
In 2009, the location pediatricians were practicing in had an influence on their salary. In Americus, Georgia, pediatricians were making $158,000 annually. Pediatricians in Swainsboro, Georgia were making $140,000 per year. In Baxley, Georgia, pediatricians were averaging $135,000 per year and in Dalton, Georgia, they were making $119,000 per year.
In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area, there were 460 pediatricians. Their mean hourly wage was $76.07. Their mean annual wage was $158,230. Pediatricians in the Augusta area had a mean hourly wage of $83.24. They had a mean annual wage of $173,140.
In 2009, there were 29,460 pediatricians practicing in the United States. They had a mean hourly wage of $77.60 and a mean annual wage of $161,000, which is slightly lower than the mean annual wage for pediatricians in Georgia.
State License Fees
To practice in Georgia, a pediatrician must obtain a Georgia Medical License. As of 2010, the fee is $500 for a new medical license, and $230 to renew an existing license. Late renewals must pay $455, and the charge to reinstate a lapsed or revoked license is $500. The fee to reinstate a license that's been voluntarily placed inactive is $300.