Neonatologist

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October 30, 2016

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Neonatologist Job Description

The neonatologist may be called in to follow a woman’s pregnancy if her OB doctor is foreseeing problems with the unborn baby, or if at birth the newborn develops a health crisis. The neonatologist will care for the newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If a newborn is in need of a neonatologist, and there is none in the hospital, then the baby will have to be transported to the nearest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with professional medical staff at the baby’s side. This doctor may order all sorts of x-rays, blood tests, images, and may call in specialists and surgeons, at their discretion. The neonatologist may be on-call at the hospital 24/7 if the newborn is in a crisis, and will expect to get very little sleep, until the newborn is stable. This specialty doctor will explain all procedures and treatments to the child’s parents, supporting them emotionally. This doctor will support the Intensive Care Unit staff and work closely with all professionals in treating the critically ill newborn. When the baby is stable and can go home with the parents, the neonatologist will be expected to train and educate the parents in the correct care of the newborn. The neonatologist may see the child on a hospital outpatient basis for short-term to make sure that there are no set-backs. Once the newborn is discharged from the care of the neonatologist, the child’s pediatrician will follow their care.

Neonatologist Salary Statistics as of 2015

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Average annual salary for a Neonatologist is $204417 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $303260. The lowest salary was $138581. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Median hourly wage for a Neonatologist is $101.65 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $150.8. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $68.91. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

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Bonuses for a Neonatologist are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $27000 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $9826 from people with under 1 year of experience.

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These are the highest paying states for a Neonatologist. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
California – $127,743 – $233,994
Connecticut – $181,788 – $227,498
Florida – $126,709 – $306,503
New Jersey – n/a
New York – $147,395 – $203,473
Ohio – n/a
Texas – $167,048 – $261,491

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These are the highest paying cities for a Neonatologist. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
Orlando, Florida –
San Diego, California –
Baltimore, Maryland –
New York, New York –
Houston, Texas –
Miami, Florida –
Jackson, Mississippi –

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This chart outlines the average annual salary of a Neonatologist from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $204417 while in 2007 it was just $189572.74

Requirements

If a person is interested in becoming a neonatologist they must earn their medical doctor degree, or their doctor of osteopathetic medicine degree. This can take 8-12 years, including internships, and residencies. If the doctor wants to earn their neonatologist degree, it will take them at least three more years. A neonatologist is usually a doctor who has obtained their degree in pediatrics. A neonatologist must have a passion for caring for the critically ill newborn, from all walks of life, and income levels. A Neonatologist is not found in small hospitals, and generally on staff at large teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals and university hospitals. A neonatologist will be called in to care for a newborn when a higher expertise of professional training is needed, beyond that of a pediatrician’s training. Following all completion of higher education the doctor will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. There is also a certification that is to be received by the Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal practice.

Job Outlook

Gender Statistics

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46%

Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 54% of Neonatologists were males while 46% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

Physician / Doctor, Pediatrics
$53,244 – $206,771
Pediatrician, General
$68,170 – $179,069
Medical Neonatologist
$100,613 – $270,601

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