Internal Medicine Physicians in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $182K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Internal Medicine Physicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $48K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $83K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $95K and $269K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. More than half of Internal Medicine Physicians (60 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Internal Medicine Physicians is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$95,873 - $256,062
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MEDIAN: $181,610
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$24.47 - $160.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$95,873 - $256,062  
   
Bonus
$4,027 - $48,102  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $83,191  
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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$95,137 - $269,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$24.47 - $160.24  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $493.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$4,027 - $48,102  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $83,191  
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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$95,137 - $269,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

A doctor of internal medicine (also known as a physician of internal medicine) specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing the various diseases and conditions that affect the human body’s internal organs. Doctors of internal medicine may also specialize in a variety of different areas, such as cardiology, sports medicine, infectious disease, or geriatrics. They may work in medical offices, clinics, and hospitals; they may also open their own private practice or partner with other doctors to form a group practice. It is fairly common doctors of internal medicine to work part-time in several different facilities. Their hours vary depending on their chosen work environment, although these physicians typically work over 40 hours per week and are on call for medical emergencies. In private practice, these physicians may work comparatively fewer hours but spend additional time completing administrative tasks.

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Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Tasks

  • Diagnose and treat problems of the internal organs, such as the liver, heart, and lungs.
  • Manage and treat serious, chronic, and complex illnesses.
  • Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia.

Common Career Paths for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


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For Internal Medicine Physicians, progressing to an Invasive Cardiologist role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Invasive Cardiologist can earn $287K annually. Going from Internal Medicine Physician to Hospitalist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $193K. Many others choose to work as General Internists, where pay is typically $146K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


V.A. Medical Center seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $168K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $108K and $191K.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Internal Medicine Physicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $167K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $183K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $195K in this role. Internal Medicine Physicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $202K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $184,960

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

Home to some of the best pay for Internal Medicine Physicians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Internal Medicine Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 16 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Austin and San Diego.

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Key Stats for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries



National Average
$185,000



Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries

Hospitalist
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Occupational Health
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National Average
$185,000

Palliative Care
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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