Internist Salary

Compensation for Internists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($177K). Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Internists is high. Men working as Internists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a little over a half earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$113,067 - $237,691
(Median)
$110K
$180K
$240K
MEDIAN: $176,726
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$10.30 - $126.59
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MEDIAN: $77.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$113,067 - $237,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$18,750  
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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$111,487 - $244,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $126.59  
   
Overtime
$98.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$18,750  
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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$111,487 - $244,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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 who move into a General Internist role might bring in a slightly lower salary; Internist, Generals earn $146K a year 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Internists see a median income of $167K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $168K. On average, Internists make $182K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Internist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $194K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $177,385

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

For those looking to make money, Internists in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Baltimore.

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Experience Affects Internist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$177,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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