Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary

Compensation for General Practice Physicians in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($137K). Cash earnings for General Practice Physicians — including $26K in bonuses and $48K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $59K to $212K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,958 - $204,490
(Median)
$60K
$140K
$200K
MEDIAN: $137,198
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$19.74 - $108.88
(Median)
$20
$79
$110
MEDIAN: $78.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$59,958 - $204,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,086  
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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$59,223 - $212,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 902
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $108.88  
   
Overtime
$2.50 - $237.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,086  
   
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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$59,223 - $212,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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 $294K annually. A General Practice Physician often moves on to become a Family Physician or an Internal Medicine Physician.

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General Practice Physicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with urgent care and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $123K per year. General Practice Physicians see a median salary of $151K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As General Practice Physicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $166K.

Pay Difference by Location


For General Practice Physicians, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. General Practice Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+10 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Denver (+3 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). General Practice Physicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — General Practice Physicians in San Diego bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (28 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

Late-Career
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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 82 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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