Generous salaries abound for Family Physicians in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($167K) per year. Total cash earnings of Family Physicians range from $99K on the low end to $232K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $49K and $82K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Family Physicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$99,107 - $220,317
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$99K
$170K
$220K
MEDIAN: $167,354
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$40.00 - $131.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$99,107 - $220,317  
   
Bonus
$4,962 - $48,645  
Profit Sharing
$9,635 - $82,434  
Total Pay (?
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$99,290 - $232,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,241
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$40.00 - $131.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$14.54 - $180.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$4,962 - $48,645  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,635 - $82,434  
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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$99,290 - $232,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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 earn $254K on average per year. A Family or General Practitioner role is the most prevalent career advancement for Family Physicians. Paychecks for that role are $145K on average. The Medical Director of Medicine position is another common transition for Family Physicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $205K mark.

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Popular Skills for Family Physician / Doctor


Family Physicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics, Acute Care, Family Practice/Pediatrics, and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 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.


For Family Physicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $165K per year. On average, Family Physicians make $176K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $184K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $173,204

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Family Physicians, 7 percent higher than the national average. Family Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+5 percent) and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are New York (13 percent less) and San Antonio (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Family Physician / Doctor Salaries




National Average
$173,000


Skills That Affect Family Physician / Doctor Salaries



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National Average
$173,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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