Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Family Physicians enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($170K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Family Physicians bottoms out near $99K and approaches $240K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $58K from bonuses and almost $147K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Family Physicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Family Physicians making up 51 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$98,668 - $227,332
$99K
$170K
$230K
MEDIAN: $170,260
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$47.50 - $139.25
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$92
$140
MEDIAN: $92.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,668 - $227,332  
   
Bonus
$4,961 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $146,807  
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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$98,996 - $239,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,181
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$47.50 - $139.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$7.21 - $193.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$4,961 - $58,175  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $146,807  
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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$98,996 - $239,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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 transition into a Chief Medical Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $256K per year. Going from Family Physician to Family or General Practitioner is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Family or General Practitioners is $145K. Many others choose to work as Medical Directors of Medicine, where pay is typically $207K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Survey results imply that Family Physicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Acute Care, Family Practice, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Family Practice are, more often than not, also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Family Physician / Doctor

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


For many Family Physicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $166K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Family Physicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $181K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $187K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $175,670

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For Family Physicians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Family Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), Orlando (+4 percent), and Indianapolis (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Workers in New York and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Family Physician / Doctor

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$176,000

▼1%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries

▲5%

▲5%



▲2%

Osteopathy
▼0%

National Average
$176,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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