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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary

General Practice Physicians receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $137K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. With some bonuses approaching $26K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $49K, overall incomes of General Practice Physicians spread between $60K and $211K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, General Practice Physicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, roughly a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,891 - $203,937
(Median)
$60K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $136,644
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$19.96 - $107.66
(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, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$59,891 - $203,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,684  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $48,936  
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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$59,537 - $210,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 879
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$19.96 - $107.66  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $244.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,684  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $48,936  
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).
)
$59,537 - $210,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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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For General Practice Physicians, progressing to an Orthopedic Surgeon role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Orthopedic Surgeon can earn $293K annually. General Practice Physicians most often move into positions as Family Physicians or Internal Medicine Physicians; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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General Practice Physicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with urgent care and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, General Practice

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


General Practice Physicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $124K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $143K. General Practice Physicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $163K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$145,000

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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

urgent care
up arrow 22%


National Average
$145,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 21%
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