Salaries for General Practice Physicians in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($139K) per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male General Practice Physicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. For the most part, General Practice Physicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,229 - $217,860
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$59K
$140K
$220K
MEDIAN: $138,829
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$20.59 - $127.32
(Median)
$21
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$130
MEDIAN: $81.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$59,229 - $217,860  
   
Bonus
$1,016 - $40,851  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Commission
$500  
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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$58,449 - $237,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 742
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$20.59 - $127.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07  
Overtime
$15.15 - $247.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$1,016 - $40,851  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$58,449 - $237,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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General Practice Physicians may progress into high-paying roles like Orthopedic Surgeon, where median compensation is $300K annually. Typical career progression for a General Practice Physician involves becoming a Family Physician or an Internal Medicine Physician, roles that pay $4K more and $8K more on average.

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $122K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. General Practice Physicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $151K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned General Practice Physicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $177K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $144,783

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

For those looking to make money, General Practice Physicians in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. General Practice Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Portland (+14 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Florida, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Washington and San Francisco (32 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

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National Average
$145,000


Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

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National Average
$145,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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