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Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Family Physicians in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $155K annually. Total cash compensation to Family Physicians approaches anywhere from $100K on the lower end to $213K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $29K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience 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. The majority of Family Physicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Family Physicians (55 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$98,576 - $203,836
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$99K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $154,986
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$57.99 - $107.81
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$58
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$110
MEDIAN: $82.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,576 - $203,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,029  
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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$100,376 - $213,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,789
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Hourly Rate
$57.99 - $107.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $124.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,029  
   
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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$100,376 - $213,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Chief Medical Officer, where median compensation is $249K annually. 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 $141K. Another common career choice for Family Physicians is to move into a Medical Director of Medicine role — this promotion usually pays $199K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Job skills reported by Family Physicians are limited. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Most people familiar with 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $153K per year. On average, Family Physicians make $168K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $181K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Family Physicians in Las Vegas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+5 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 14 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in New York and Chicago.

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$160,000



Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries





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National Average
$160,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 323 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%
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