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Comp remains low for pediatricians, surges for subspecialists

Compensation in pediatrics is currently headed in two directions. On one hand, compensation for general pediatricians mirrors other primary care specialties-it has increased steadily but slowly, with median levels yet to break the $200,000 mark. General pediatricians earned a median total cash compensation of $167,178 in 2006, an increase of 3.7% from the previous year, according to the 2006 MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey. However, it's a different story for pediatric subspecialties, such as pediatric oncology, cardiology, neurology, or orthopedics.