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Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salary

Generous salaries abound for Internal Medicine Physicians in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($168K) per year. In the world of Internal Medicine Physicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $33K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $97K and $239K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Internal Medicine Physicians. Men make up a slight majority of Internal Medicine Physicians (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$95,429 - $224,425
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MEDIAN: $161,838
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$35.84 - $123.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$95,429 - $224,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$0.65 - $32,818  
Commission
$0.00 - $48,000  
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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$96,569 - $239,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$35.84 - $123.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $195.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,639  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.65 - $32,818  
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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$96,569 - $239,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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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Internal Medicine Physicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Invasive Cardiologist. The average Invasive Cardiologist bring home $260K per year. A General Internist role is the most prevalent career advancement for Internal Medicine Physicians. Paychecks for that role are $146K on average. The Hospitalist position is another common transition for Internal Medicine Physicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $180K mark.

Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


The pay scale is far from balanced at V.A. Medical Center. While salaries on one end can reach $191K, the company's median pay sits at $168K, the lowest in the industry.


Job skills reported by Internal Medicine Physicians are limited. Most notably, facility with Hospitalist, Geriatrics, and Internal Medicine are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Competency in Geriatrics frequently indicates knowledge of Internal Medicine.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

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


Internal Medicine Physicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $155K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $167K. Internal Medicine Physicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $178K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $182K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Internal Medicine Physicians in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Internal Medicine Physicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Miami (+10 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Baltimore (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries




National Average
$168,000


Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries

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National Average
$168,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 15%