Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary

On average, General Practice Physicians in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($136K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings for General Practice Physicians — including $27K in bonuses and $48K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $59K to $211K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male General Practice Physicians making up 58 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,100 - $204,132

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$19.63 - $105.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$60,100 - $204,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,553  
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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$59,352 - $210,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 910
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$19.63 - $105.99  
   
Overtime
$2.50 - $237.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,553  
   
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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$59,352 - $210,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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 $293K annually. General Practice Physicians most often move into positions as Family Physicians or Internal Medicine Physicians; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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General Practice Physicians note just a narrow range 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 22 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, General Practice

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $122K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $144K. General Practice Physicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $151K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a General Practice Physician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $164K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, General Practice Physicians in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. General Practice Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+13 percent), Miami (+11 percent), Denver (+4 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for General Practice Physicians is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 43 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (30 percent lower) and Dallas (24 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

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$145,000

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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

urgent care
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National Average
$145,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 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
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%
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