Internist Salary

Compensation for Internists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($177K). Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Internists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and over one-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
(Median)
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$77
$130
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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $167K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $182K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Internists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $194K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $177,385

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

For Internists, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 15 percent below the national average.

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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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