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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (United States)

Salaries for General Practice Physicians in the United States are bountiful, with average pay above six figures ($139K) per year. Total cash compensation to General Practice Physicians bottoms out near $59K and approaches $208K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $26K from bonuses and almost $50K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair portion and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Male General Practice Physicians are more prevalent than women — 61 percent of professionals in this field are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Practice Physicians. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$57,798 - $200,999
(Median)
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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  
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  
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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General Practice Physicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with urgent care and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 11 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $120K on average. General Practice Physicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $149K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $161K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining just under one in five.

Pay Difference By Location

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Chicago
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National Average
$139,000
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For General Practice Physicians, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. General Practice Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+8 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Portland (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with General Practice Physicians in Dallas earning a whopping 39 percent below the national average. Miami and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 29 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

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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%