A pediatric neurosurgeon is a specialized brain surgeon. Pediatric neurosurgeons surgically treat the nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord, of adolescents and children. In the US, pediatric surgeons earn more than $594,000 per year compared to AU$796,00 ($612,316 USD) in Australia and NZ$668,000 ($486,615 USD) in New Zealand. In Canada, thr annual pediatric neurosurgeon salary is just under C$576,000 ($450,702 USD), followed by the UK at £305,000 ($373,168 USD), South Africa at R3,518,000 ($294,444 USD) and India at Rs35,62,000 ($54,915 USD). Salaries for pediatric neurosurgeons vary by geographic region, professional experience, and work setting as further explained in this guide.
How Much Does a Pediatric Neurosurgeon Make per Year?
Earnings with US dollar equivalencies are provided in the chart below for select countries worldwide.
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Factors that Influence the Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary
Geographic region plays a strong role in pediatric surgeon salaries, while professional experience and work setting also influence overall earnings. Additional details on a career in pediatric surgery are provided in this guide.
1. Geographic Area
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in US
Pediatric neurosurgeons in the US see annual salaries that exceed $594,000 per year, plus nearly $143,000 in bonus income. While entry level pediatric neurosurgeons earn about $357,000 per year, senior level professionals bring home nearly $936,000 annually.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in Canada
In Canada, pediatric neurosurgeons earn an average of nearly C$576,000 per year. Bonus income can add another C$138,000 or more to overall income. Early career pediatric neurosurgeons earn nearly C$346,000 annually, increasing with experience to nearly C$907,000 per year for those in senior level positions.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in UK
Pediatric neurosurgeons in the UK earn nearly £305,000 per year with another £73,000 in bonus income. Entry level pediatric neurosurgeons can expect an annual salary of about £183,000 compared to those in senior level positions who see just under £480,000 annually.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in Australia
Pediatric neurosurgeons in Australia earn more than AU$796,000 per year with an additional AU$191,500 in bonus income potential. Entry level pediatric neurosurgeons earn an average starting salary of about AU$479,000 per year, increasing to about AU$1,256,000 annually for those at the senior level.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in New Zealand
In New Zealand, pediatric neurosurgeons earn more than NZ$668,000 per year, and an additional NZ$161,000 in bonus income. Newly trained pediatric neurosurgeons see well over NZ$401,000 per year compared to those at the senior level who earn more than NZ$1,053,000 per year.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in India
Pediatric neurosurgeons in India see annual pay reach Rs35,62,000 per year and bonus potential can further boost overall earnings another Rs8,57,000. Entry level pediatric surgeons earn more than Rs21,71,000 annually compared to their senior level colleagues who earn Rs56,96,000 per year.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Salary in South Africa
Pediatric neurosurgeons in South Africa earn, on average, an annual salary of about R3,518,000, and bonus income can add another R846,000. The average annual salary for entry level pediatric neurosurgeons exceeds R2,129,000 per year while senior level professionals earn more than R5,587,000 annually.
While pediatric neurosurgeons earn high salaries when beginning their careers, additional experience further boosts earning potential about 162%. In the US, senior level professionals earn about $579,000 per year more than their entry level counterparts. Australia sees the highest earning salaries, and the gap between entry level and senior level pay is about AU$777,000 more per year. While salaries are lower in India, senior level professionals earn about Rs35,25,000 more per year compared to those at the entry level.
Pediatric neurosurgeons work most often in hospitals and private practice although some are employed in academic and research settings. Those who are self-employed in private practice often see the highest earnings while employment in for-profit facilities may offer higher income potential compared to those who work in nonprofit facilities or work in publicly funded positions.
Most pediatric neurosurgeons work full-time hours that exceed 40 hours per week. Surgical procedures are typically scheduled in early morning hours, and patient appointments are often during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. On-call hours are necessary at times and emergency situations may require work during any day of week or time of day, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Bonuses and Benefit Packages
Pediatric neurosurgeons typically receive healthcare packages that include medical, dental, and vision services and paid time off for vacations, sick time, and holidays. Bonus income is typical worldwide, and some employers with hiring shortages offer bonus income as a hiring incentive. Allowances for meals, housing, and continuing medical education may also be offered by some employers.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth rate of 13% through 2026 among physicians and surgeons, including those specializing in pediatric neurosurgery. This higher than average growth rate comes as a result of increased access to healthcare and advancements in medical technology. To practice as a pediatric neurosurgeon, a medical degree is required, in addition to between three and seven years of internships and residency. Successful completion of a licensing exam is required as well as continuing medical education to maintain licensure.
Pediatric neurosurgeons are highly paid healthcare professionals who earn high salaries that are reflective of the educational and training required for this career field. Comprehensive benefits and bonus packages are common. Faster than average job growth is expected in the future, which should support income levels and provide ample employment opportunities for those entering this career field.