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Salary

It’s good money, but not relative to other doctors. You’ll be making somewhere around 100k a year to start, and while that is certainly not chump change, after a dozen years of school following high school, you’d think you could make more than Esmerelda who runs 3 local beauty salons. But you won’t. And you won’t have a lot of options outside of the profession to really make bigger money. So be sure you love the kids before you take the gig.

After you've been at it a while, you may move up into the 140-160k range, but again - this is a small upper range when compared to others with medical degrees. You can expect to making closer to 170k if you're a general pediatrician in an outpatient care center, slightly less if you're a specialty pediatrician or are employed by a medical or surgical hospital, and more in the 120k range if employed by a college or university.

If you're a stay-at-home pediatrician who is just hoping to pick up some foot traffic from outside your Ohio home in the suburbs, you may be making more in the 1k range. That should be enough to buy yourself a lifetime supply of Turtle Wax.

Be forewarned – turtle wax is not fast-acting.

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