Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Salaries for Family Physicians in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($156K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $52K, respectively — total cash payment to Family Physicians can bottom out near $101K or peak near $214K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Family Physicians is high. Men working as Family Physicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$99,284 - $204,600

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$52.84 - $112.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$99,284 - $204,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,669  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $51,518  
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$100,797 - $213,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,786
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Hourly Rate
$52.84 - $112.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $123.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,669  
   
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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$100,797 - $213,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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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As Family Physicians transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Medical Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Medical Officers earn $250K on average per year. 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 $142K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Family Physicians is a Medical Director of Medicine position, where earnings are usually $199K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Family Physicians who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Those familiar with Family Practice also tend to know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Family Physician / Doctor

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


For Family Physicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $154K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $160K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $170K in this role. Family Physicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $180K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Family Physicians, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Family Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in New York and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$162,000



Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries





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National Average
$162,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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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