Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary

Generous salaries abound for General Practice Physicians in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($141K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $31K and $48K, respectively — total cash payment to General Practice Physicians can bottom out near $60K or peak near $221K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for General Practice Physicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male General Practice Physicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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National Salary Data (?
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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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As General Practice Physicians transition into upper-level roles such as Orthopedic Surgeon, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Orthopedic Surgeons earn $296K on average per year. A General Practice Physician often moves on to become a Family Physician or an Internal Medicine Physician.

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Survey takers who work as General Practice Physicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with urgent care and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

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. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $125K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $151K. As General Practice Physicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $171K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,710

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

For General Practice Physicians, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. General Practice Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). General Practice Physicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — General Practice Physicians in Florida bring in salaries that are 31 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Dallas and San Francisco earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (29 percent less and 25 percent less, 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

urgent care
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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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