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 $100K or peak near $214K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Family Physicians (54 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Family Physicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$98,890 - $204,823
(Median)
$99K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $156,110
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$54.63 - $108.68
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$55
$83
$110
MEDIAN: $82.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,890 - $204,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,650  
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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$100,463 - $213,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,791
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Hourly Rate
$54.63 - $108.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $123.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,650  
   
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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$100,463 - $213,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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 $141K. Another common career choice for Family Physicians is to move into a Medical Director of Medicine role — this promotion usually pays $200K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. For most people, competency in Family Practice indicates knowledge of Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Family Physician / Doctor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $154K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Family Physicians see a median salary of $169K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $181K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Family Physicians will find that Las Vegas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (8 percent lower) and Chicago (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$161,000



Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries





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National Average
$161,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 300 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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