Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salary

Internal Medicine Physicians in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $173K annually. Total incomes of Internal Medicine Physicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $39K from bonuses and close to $36K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $98K and $251K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Men account for the majority of Internal Medicine Physicians who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. For the most part, Internal Medicine Physicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$97,901 - $241,596
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$98K
$170K
$240K
MEDIAN: $173,104
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$40.00 - $134.12
(Median)
$40
$86
$130
MEDIAN: $85.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$97,901 - $241,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $39,256  
Profit Sharing
$0.62 - $35,745  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$98,225 - $250,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,833
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$40.00 - $134.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$0.00 - $234.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $39,256  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.62 - $35,745  
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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$98,225 - $250,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

A doctor of internal medicine (also known as a physician of internal medicine) specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing the various diseases and conditions that affect the human body’s internal organs. Doctors of internal medicine may also specialize in a variety of different areas, such as cardiology, sports medicine, infectious disease, or geriatrics. They may work in medical offices, clinics, and hospitals; they may also open their own private practice or partner with other doctors to form a group practice. It is fairly common doctors of internal medicine to work part-time in several different facilities. Their hours vary depending on their chosen work environment, although these physicians typically work over 40 hours per week and are on call for medical emergencies. In private practice, these physicians may work comparatively fewer hours but spend additional time completing administrative tasks.

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Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Tasks

  • Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia.
  • Manage and treat serious, chronic, and complex illnesses.
  • Diagnose and treat problems of the internal organs, such as the liver, heart, and lungs.

Common Career Paths for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


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At the upper end, Internal Medicine Physicians who move into an Invasive Cardiologist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Invasive Cardiologists is a much higher $272K per year. Becoming a Hospitalist is, more often than not, the most common role that Internal Medicine Physicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $187K. Another frequent advance is for Internal Medicine Physicians to assume a General Internist role; in this role, workers often earn $146K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


The consistently lowest paying firm is V.A. Medical Center, where the median salary is just $168K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $108K to $191K.


Internal Medicine Physicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Hospitalist and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 60 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Palliative Care. Geriatrics and Internal Medicine are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Internal Medicine Physicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $164K per year. Internal Medicine Physicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $183K. Internal Medicine Physicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $188K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $176,688

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For Internal Medicine Physicians, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Internal Medicine Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+7 percent), Miami (+5 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), and Phoenix (+4 percent). New York is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Seattle (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries




National Average
$177,000


Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries

Hospitalist
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Internal Medicine
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National Average
$177,000

Palliative Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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