How Much Money Does a Neonatologist Make?

Neonatologists care for premature infants and other babies.
Neonatologists care for premature infants and other babies. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Neonatology is the treatment of sick and injured newborns, infants and premature babies. Because this requires a team of several medical professionals, the average salary of a neonatologist will depend on what duties the professional performs for the neonatology unit. In general, a health care worker in a neonatology unit can expect wages similar to those of workers with the same position in another facility.

Neonatal Doctors

A neonetal physician specializes in the illnesses and disorders common or unique to babies as well as the changes in normal medical techniques necessary for working with such small bodies with minds that can't yet clearly communicate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage of pediatricians, including neonatologists, was $152,000 in 2008.


The nursing staff of a neonatal ward assists the doctors by helping with diagnosis and performing routine care tasks. In 2008, registered nurses, or RNs, earned a median salary of $62,450. Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, made an average of $39,000 that same year. The education and training requirements for RNs are about twice that for LPNs.

Physical Therapists

If a baby is born with a defect or requires corrective surgery, a physical therapist helps that baby develop normally through a course of corrective therapy. Physical therapy positions require a master's degree in that specialized field, and commanded a median annual salary of $72,000 in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical Technicians

Because babies can't tell you verbally what is wrong, neonatology facilities must employ an array of equipment to properly diagnose their medical problems. Medical technicians run this equipment. Some technicians have a variety of certifications, while others specialize in one kind of highly complex diagnostic gear. The BLS reports that medical technicians earned a median salary of $52,000 in 2008.

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