Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Wages for Family Physicians in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($160K) per year. Total incomes of Family Physicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $51K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $102K and $221K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Family Physicians making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$100,528 - $208,938
(Median)
$100K
$160K
$210K
MEDIAN: $159,809
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$55.56 - $119.39
(Median)
$56
$86
$120
MEDIAN: $86.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$100,528 - $208,938  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,326  
Profit Sharing
$118.29 - $51,139  
Commission
$46,500  
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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$101,779 - $221,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,879
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$55.56 - $119.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $158.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,326  
   
Commission
$46,500  
Profit Sharing
$118.29 - $51,139  
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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$101,779 - $221,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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 go on to become Chief Medical Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Medical Officers is $251K annually. A Family or General Practitioner role is the most prevalent career advancement for Family Physicians. Paychecks for that role are $143K on average. The Medical Director of Medicine position is another common transition for Family Physicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $201K mark.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Survey takers who work as Family Physicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Acute Care, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. It is often found that people who know Family Practice are 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $157K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Family Physicians see a median salary of $173K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $182K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $165,788

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Compared to the national average, Houston Family Physicians have slightly bigger paychecks. Nonetheless, location does not appear to strongly drive pay in one direction or the other for this occupation. Family Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+3 percent), Boston (+2 percent), Orlando (+2 percent), and Dallas (+1 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and New York (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$166,000



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National Average
$166,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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