Family Physicians enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($169K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Family Physicians — including $52K in bonuses and $115K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $99K to $238K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women Family Physicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Family Physicians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,674 - $224,613
$99K
$170K
$220K
MEDIAN: $168,682
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$48.72 - $139.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,674 - $224,613  
   
Bonus
$4,975 - $52,370  
Profit Sharing
$5,250 - $115,000  
Total Pay (?
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$99,077 - $237,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$48.72 - $139.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$9.50 - $187.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$4,975 - $52,370  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250 - $115,000  
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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$99,077 - $237,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Family Physician / Doctor


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Family Physicians who go on to become Chief Medical Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Medical Officers is $255K annually. A Family or General Practitioner role is the most common promotion for Family Physicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $145K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Family Physicians is a Medical Director of Medicine position, where earnings are usually $206K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Acute Care, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Most people experienced in Family Practice also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Family Physician / Doctor

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


Family Physicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $166K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $179K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $186K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $174,406

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Home to some of the best pay for Family Physicians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 6 percent above the national average. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+6 percent), Orlando (+3 percent), Los Angeles (+2 percent), and Seattle (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (13 percent lower) and New York (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Family Physician / Doctor

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries




National Average
$174,000


Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries






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National Average
$174,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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