Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Average pay for a Family Physician in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $156K per year. In the world of Family Physicians, total cash compensation can vary between $100K and $214K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $52K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Family Physicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Family Physicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$98,931 - $204,737
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$99K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $156,095
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$53.05 - $108.53
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MEDIAN: $82.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,931 - $204,737  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,782  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $51,518  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$100,421 - $213,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,780
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Hourly Rate
$53.05 - $108.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $122.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,782  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $51,518  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$100,421 - $213,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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Job Description for Family Physician / Doctor

A Family Physician/Doctor serves as a primary care provider for individuals in a variety of age groups. He or she treats a wide variety of common health problems, concentrating on primary health care for the entire family. A family physician is often the first person called when a child or parent becomes ill. He or she performs an initial exam, and refers patients to specialists when necessary. The work environment for a doctor is generally indoors, in a clinic or hospital setting. Their coworkers may include but are not limited to nurses, specialists, surgeons, receptionists/office staff and other general practice doctors. Oftentimes multiple family physicians operate their practices under one roof, in a medical complex type setting. Their clients span a range of individuals, from infants to small children and teenagers all the way up through senior citizens and the elderly. The education required is extensive, and usually includes a doctoral or PhD degree as well as licensing by the medical board in the given state. Most family physicians keep routine office hours at least five days a week and sometimes on weekends. In special circumstances, doctors may work evenings and late nights as well as overnight shifts. The typical day for a family physician consists of a series of appointments with patients, usually scheduled back to back. Depending on the doctor's preference, he or she may set aside a designated lunch hour in which patients are not seen. Some prefer to reserve several hours at the end of the workday for paperwork and bookkeeping tasks.


Family Physician / Doctor Tasks

  • Refer patients to specialists when necessary.
  • Treat a wide variety of common health problems, concentrating on primary health care for the entire family.

Common Career Paths for Family Physician / Doctor


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Family Physicians who transition into a Chief Medical Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $250K per year. More often than not, a Family or General Practitioner role is the next step for Family Physicians moving up in the field. Pay for Family or General Practitioners is usually $142K. Many Family Physicians choose to take on a Medical Director of Medicine role instead, where salaries are typically $199K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. For most people, competency in Family Practice indicates knowledge of Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Family Physician / Doctor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $154K. On average, Family Physicians make $170K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Family Physician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $181K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Family Physicians in Las Vegas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers pay around 9 percent less in New York and 6 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



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$161,000



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National Average
$161,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%
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