Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Family Physicians receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $160K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Family Physicians approaches anywhere from $102K on the lower end to $221K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Family Physicians making up 53 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Family Physicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chief Medical Officer. The average Chief Medical Officer brings home $251K per year. As Family Physicians progress in their field, many go on to become Family or General Practitioners. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $143K. Another common career choice for Family Physicians is to move into a Medical Director of Medicine role — this promotion usually pays $201K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians only report a few 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 6 percent and 11 percent. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $157K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $164K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $173K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $182K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $165,788

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Family Physicians employed in Houston pick up paychecks that are slightly larger than the national average; however, location does not seem to affect pay too strongly overall. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+3 percent), Boston (+2 percent), Orlando (+2 percent), and Dallas (+1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Chicago and New York (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$166,000



Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries





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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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