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Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Family Physicians in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $156K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Family Physicians varies from around $99K to approximately $211K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $51K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Men working as Family Physicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,481 - $201,234
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MEDIAN: $151,551
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$57.54 - $106.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$97,481 - $201,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,567  
Profit Sharing
$122.00 - $50,666  
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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$99,144 - $211,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,903
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Hourly Rate
$57.54 - $106.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $129.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,567  
   
Profit Sharing
$122.00 - $50,666  
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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$99,144 - $211,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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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As Family Physicians transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Medical Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Medical Officers on average earn $244K per year. More often than not, a Family or General Practitioner role is the next step for Family Physicians moving up in the field. Pay for Family or General Practitioners is usually $140K. Many Family Physicians choose to take on a Medical Director of Medicine role instead, where salaries are typically $199K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Typical Family Physicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Acute Care, and Family Practice/Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Those educated in Family Practice tend to be well versed in 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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $149K per year. Family Physicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $165K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Family Physicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $179K.

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



National Average
$156,000



Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries






National Average
$156,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 16%