Pediatric Surgeon Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Pediatric surgeons earn on a mean basis $270,000 in the United States and C$366,907 ($293,139 USD) in Canada. The mean earnings equal 194,176 ($236,914 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$506,795 ($396,680 USD) in Australia, and NZD$425,560 ($302,179 USD) in New Zealand. Salaries run on a mean level INR22,40,540 (INR2,240,540 in Western form) ($35,300 USD) in India and R2,227,234 ($178,905 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make per Year by State?

Pediatric Surgeon SalaryUSCanadaUKAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Hourly Pay$129.81C$176 93£93AU$244NZD$205INR1,077R1,071
Annual Pay$270,000C$366,907£194,176AU$506,795NZD$425,560INR22,40,540R2,227,234

Pediatric Surgeon Salary Influencing Factors

Gaining experience as a pediatric surgeon increases earnings. Pay for pediatric surgeons normally runs higher among private practitioners than those in the public sector. Other factors shaping pay include the region and community of practice.

1. Location

SalaryExpert places the mean for pediatric surgeons at C$350,028 in Quebec and C$374,609 in British Columbia, compared to the Canadian mean of C$366,907. Pediatric surgeons in the United Kingdom fetch 243,006, well above the national mean of 194,176. In Christchurch, New Zealand, the mean stands at NZD$420,554, below the mean of NZD$425,560 nationwide.

Cape Town’s pediatric surgeons can earn R2,412,160, while those in Johannesburg leap to R2,968,926 on a mean basis.

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in the US?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary USPer YearPer Hour
Bonus$997 to $40,547$0.48 to $19.49
Total Pay$99,381 to $506,960

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in Canada?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary CanadaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayC$238,887 to C$540,932

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in the UK?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary UKPer YearPer Hour
Total Pay£37,923 to £284,276

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in Australia

Pediatric Surgeon Salary AustraliaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayAU$330,503 to AU$748,307

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in New Zealand?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary New ZealandPer YearPer Hour
Total PayNZD$150,000 to NZD$627,893

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in India?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary IndiaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayINR14,81,540 to INR33,50,956

How Much Does a Pediatric Surgeon Make in South Africa?

Pediatric Surgeon Salary South AfricaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayR1,949,661 to R4,135,318

2. Experience

Through the 20-year experience mark, pediatric surgeons in the United States see increases in earnings. Entry-level pediatric surgeons make $200,000, while those with five to ten years experience have pay at $268,000. Salaries peak for those between ten and 20 years of practice in pediatric surgery, at $310,000. Thereafter, the mean declines to $156,000.

According to SalaryExpert, new pediatric surgeons in Canada earn on a mean basis C$238,887. At eight years of experience and beyond, the mean rises to C$506,516. For pediatric surgeons in the United Kingdom overall, pay stands at 126,425 at the one to three-year experience stage and 268,062 for those at senior-level.

Earnings for entry-level pediatric surgeons average AU$330,503 in Australia, while the figure climbs to AU$700,770 for those with eight or more years in practice. In New Zealand, the respective experience levels result in mean earnings of NZD$277,360 and NZD$587,795.

For India’s pediatric surgeons, one to three years of experience translates to INR14,81,287 as reported by SalaryExpert. Upon achieving eight years of experience, earnings go to INR31,40,793.

According to SalaryExpert, entry-level pediatric surgeons in South Africa make R1,949,661 and those who attain senior-level status see pay at R4,133,891.

3. Industry

Pediatric surgerons rank among the top 50 occupations by pay in Australia. Salaries for male pediatric surgeons run on a mean basis at AU$282,508. Females in the profession in Australia earn a mean pay of AU$175,314.

Generally, pediatric surgeons work in hospitals, including children’s hospitals. At Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, pediatric surgeons can earn between C$200,000 and C$470,000.

In the United Kingdom, “pediatric” surgery may be performed by surgeons other than those limiting their practice to pediatric medicine, such as surgeons who also perform on adult patients. According to the National Health Service, roughly just one in nine surgeries on children comes via a pediatric surgeon. Specialists in fields such as urology and orthopedic medicine may conduct surgery on children.

However, the country has 29 children’s hospitals or pediatric units of general hospitals that house 335 surgeons specializing in pediatric surgery. Surgeons in this fields handle conditions such as childhood cancers and neonatal conditions. In the National Health Service, specialty doctors, which include pediatric surgeons, earn between 37,923 and 70,718. As consultants, these practitioners have salaries running from 76,761 and 103,490. Outside the National Health Service, earnings reach higher levels.

New Zealand’s pediatric surgeons may work in private practice or for a District Health Board. Those in the latter category have pay ranging between NZD$151,000 and NZD$212,000. Compensation runs higher for those in private practice. According to the Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, private practice pediatric surgeons in India can garner monthly pay between INR2,00,000 and INR3,00,000 with five years of experience. This translates to INR24,00,000 and INR36,00,000 annually.

Schedule & Working Hours

Generally, pediatric surgeons log full-time hours. In the United Kingdom, consultants in the field may opt in some cases for part-time practice.

Work schedules can last into nights, weekends and holidays, especially as pediatric surgeons may have to perform emergency procedures. Planned surgeries more likely occur during daytimes and weekdays. Beyond surgery, these professionals spend time consulting with families, evaluating the child-patients and continuing follow-up treatments.

Bonuses & Benefits

Generally, signing bonuses, student loan repayment assistance, and help with relocation form many of the benefits available to pediatric surgeons. These practitioners also normally enjoy retirement and health benefits.

Pediatric surgeons in the United States have medical coverage at a 95 percent rate. For dental and vision, the coverage rates are 60 percent and 50 percent respectively. According to PayScale, seven out of ten pediatric surgeons in Australia receive medical coverage as job benefits. Approximately 29 percent have dental and 29 percent get visioncare.

Career Outlook

The incidents of childhood and prenatal conditions will sustain the need for pediatric surgeons.

Many regions face shortages, especially in subspecialties. According to the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance, nearly one out of every 80 to 100 Canadian children suffer from congenital heart disease since birth. Canada has twelve pediatric cardiac surgeons, says the Alliance. The Annals of Pediatric Cardiology reports a surgery rate of only seven to ten percent for new born and infant cardiac patients in India.

Overall, in India, a 2014 study showed that only 70 student occupied 113 government-sanctioned slots for pediatric surgery education. Fifteen out of 20 private sector seats for pediatric surgery education went unfilled.

The National Health Service reports that two percent of surgeons in the United Kingdom practiced in the pediatric specialty. England has 191 consultant pediatric surgeons and 158 medical registrars in the field.

According to Job Outlook Australia, the overall surgeon field in the country should grow from 7,200 in 2015 to 9,000 by 2020, indicative of the small number of pediatric and other surgeons.

Pursuit of a career in pediatric surgery requires extensive medical education and training, lasting up to a decade in many circles. Countries with emerging or developing economies, such as India, lack either sufficient efforts or resources, to cultivate pediatric heart surgeons. In these regions, the absence of training may stunt growth of jobs even in light of the demand. The number of facilities and lack of referring primary care physicians may also impact the ability of pediatric surgeons to find employment or sustain practices.


Pediatric surgery is a high-demand occupation, as children encounter various types of diseases, some at the infant and toddler stage. Within this specialty, pediatric surgeons may find that subspecialties such as cardiology face critical needs and, thus, opportunities for work. Overall, pay for pediatric surgeons ranks high among occupations in many countries’ work forces.

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