Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (United States)

Bountiful salaries abound for General Practice Physicians in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($139,181) per year. Pay starts at $58,743 and can approach $207,954 per year on the higher side. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While around one in five report receiving no health benefits, most do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$57,798 - $200,999
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MEDIAN: $128,946
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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$19.65 - $101.10
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MEDIAN: $77.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$57,798 - $200,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,849  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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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$58,743 - $207,954  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $101.10  
   
Overtime
$4.86 - $141.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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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$58,743 - $207,954  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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.

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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 in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Large paychecks—surpassing six figures—are handed out immediately, with typical salaries starting at $120K per year. Compensation is $149K after 10 to 20 years. Though minimal, General Practice Physicians continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $161K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in five. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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Boston
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Chicago
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Denver
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National Average
$139,000
San Diego
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New York
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Miami
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Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for General Practice Physicians, 13 percent higher than the national average. Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland also offer top salaries for General Practice Physicians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more, respectively. Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas General Practice Physicians earning much less—39 percent less—than the national average. Workers in Miami and New York earn less than others in this profession; their -29 percent and -16 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$139,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

urgent care
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National Average
$139,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%
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