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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for General Practice Physicians in the United States, with median pay hovering around $141K per year. With some bonuses approaching $26K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $49K, overall incomes of General Practice Physicians spread between $59K and $207K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most General Practice Physicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of General Practice Physicians (60 percent) survey respondents are male. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$58,481 - $201,200
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MEDIAN: $131,097
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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$20.61 - $100.92
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MEDIAN: $78.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$58,481 - $201,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,640  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,316  
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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$59,254 - $206,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 777
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $100.92  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $223.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,640  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,316  
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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$59,254 - $206,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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 go on to top-notch roles like General Surgeon, where median pay is $218K annually. Family Physicians or Internal Medicine Physicians are common next-step roles for General Practice Physicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Family Physicians is $4K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Internal Medicine Physicians.

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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 25 percent and 10 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. 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 $122K per year. General Practice Physicians see a median salary of $151K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $163K.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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Boston
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Seattle
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National Average
$141,000
Denver
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Charlotte
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Orlando
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Houston
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New York
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Miami
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San Diego
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
General Practice Physicians will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. General Practice Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+7 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for General Practice Physicians is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 42 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Miami (29 percent lower and 28 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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National Average
$141,000
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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

urgent care
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National Average
$141,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
40%
female alumni
 
Male
60%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 23%