Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Family Physicians enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($154K) annually in the United States. Total cash earnings of Family Physicians range from $100K on the low end to $213K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $29K and $51K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Family Physicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men working as Family Physicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,666 - $203,488
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$99K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $154,362
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$58.47 - $107.25
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MEDIAN: $82.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,666 - $203,488  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,500  
Profit Sharing
$120.33 - $50,901  
Total Pay (?
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$100,420 - $213,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,797
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Hourly Rate
$58.47 - $107.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $124.08  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$120.33 - $50,901  
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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$100,420 - $213,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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 $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


Survey takers who work as Family Physicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Most people experienced in 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Family Physicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $153K 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 $167K. 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 $180K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Family Physicians, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Family Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in New York and Indianapolis.

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



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$159,000



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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 346 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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%