Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary

General Practice Physicians in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $141K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $31K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $48K, overall incomes of General Practice Physicians spread between $60K and $221K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction for General Practice Physicians is high. Men make up a slight majority of General Practice Physicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,538 - $208,380
(Median)
$61K
$140K
$210K
MEDIAN: $140,571
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$20.42 - $110.47
(Median)
$20
$78
$110
MEDIAN: $78.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$60,538 - $208,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $48,479  
Commission
$2,625  
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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$60,016 - $220,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,059
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$20.42 - $110.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07  
Overtime
$14.90 - $246.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
   
Commission
$2,625  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $48,479  
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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$60,016 - $220,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, General Practice

The main task of a general practitioner, or general physician, is to diagnose and assist patients with routine checkups and examinations. A general physician is the first person whom patients will see when an illness or ailment is troubling them. Therefore, a physician must be able to complete a number of tasks, including collecting, recording, and maintaining patient information such as medical histories, reports, and examination results. He or she must be able to explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients in a professional and open manner. A general physician must also be able to monitor patients' conditions and progress as well as continually assess the efficiency of a given course of treatment. When necessary, a general physician must also be able to refer a patient to a specialized practitioner.

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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Tasks

  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
  • Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
  • Refer patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.

Common Career Paths for Physician / Doctor, General Practice


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At the upper end, General Practice Physicians who move into an Orthopedic Surgeon role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Orthopedic Surgeons is a much higher $296K per year. A Family Physician or an Internal Medicine Physician is a typical transition from a General Practice Physician role.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, General Practice

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


For General Practice Physicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $125K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $144K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Practice Physicians make a median salary of $151K. After two decades in the workforce, the average General Practice Physician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $171K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,710

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

For General Practice Physicians, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. General Practice Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). General Practice Physicians in Florida take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 31 percent less than the national average. Dallas and San Francisco are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 29 percent lower and 25 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$147,000

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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

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National Average
$147,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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