Internists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $181K annually. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Internists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Most Internists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$103,210 - $242,425
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$100K
$180K
$240K
MEDIAN: $180,884
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$8.79 - $132.77
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MEDIAN: $79.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$103,210 - $242,425  
   
Bonus
$3,500 - $42,500  
Profit Sharing
$5,300  
Total Pay (?
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$104,515 - $247,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $132.77  
   
Overtime
$98.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,500 - $42,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,300  
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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$104,515 - $247,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Internist

An internist is a physician who focuses on the prevention and treatment of disease. The internist will work with other physicians, in order to provide them with advice. Often, the symptoms present in a patient will be puzzling, and the internist will have to use problem-solving skills to discover what disease is ailing the patient and what sort of medication or treatment should be administered. Figuring out solutions may involve research, looking at the patient’s medical history, and figuring out what environments and substances the patient has been exposed to.

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Internist Tasks

  • Use diagnostic techniques to treat and examine patients including medication, surgery, and hospitalization.
  • Examine patients for symptoms and determine causes.
  • Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries of patients' internal organ systems.
  • Perform routine examinations and treat serious conditions.

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Internists may see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into roles like General Internist, where pay is $146K on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Internist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $173K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $172K. Internists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $192K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $193K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $180,753

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Internists in Boston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Internist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$181,000

Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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