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Family Physician / Doctor Salary

Compensation for Family Physicians in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($155K). Total incomes of Family Physicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $51K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $100K and $214K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male Family Physicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Family Physicians. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$98,604 - $204,392
(Median)
$99K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $155,338
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$57.66 - $108.09
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$58
$83
$110
MEDIAN: $83.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$98,604 - $204,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,332  
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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$100,348 - $213,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,789
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$57.66 - $108.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $122.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,332  
   
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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$100,348 - $213,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Medical Officer. The latter position pays an average of $249K annually. Becoming a Family or General Practitioner is, more often than not, the most common role that Family Physicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Family or General Practitioner is $141K. Another frequent advance is for Family Physicians to assume a Medical Director of Medicine role; in this role, workers often take home $199K.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 12 percent. It is often found that people who know Family Practice are also skilled in 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 report earning $154K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. After working for 10 to 20 years, Family Physicians make a median salary of $169K. 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 $181K.

Pay Difference by Location


Family Physicians will find that Las Vegas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Family Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+5 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (7 percent lower) and Chicago (6 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 312 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
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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