Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salary

The median pay for Internal Medicine Physicians comes out to approximately $166K per year in the United States, but employers in San Diego offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $195K. Internal Medicine Physicians will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+9 percent), Miami (+9 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$95,292 - $229,412
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$170K
$230K
MEDIAN: $166,239
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$34.11 - $124.11
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MEDIAN: $80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$95,292 - $229,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $34,906  
Profit Sharing
$0.65 - $35,479  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,558  
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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$95,404 - $244,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,671
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$34.11 - $124.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $206.08  
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 - $34,906  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,558  
Profit Sharing
$0.65 - $35,479  
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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$95,404 - $244,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Invasive Cardiologist. The latter position pays an average of $261K annually. The most common career progression for Internal Medicine Physicians leads to becoming a General Internist, where pay is typically $146K. However, many Internal Medicine Physicians also opt to become Hospitalists, a position that pays $182K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine


V.A. Medical Center offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $168K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $191K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Internal Medicine Physicians who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Hospitalist, Geriatrics, and Internal Medicine are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Geriatrics to be familiar with Internal Medicine as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine

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


For Internal Medicine Physicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $156K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $171K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $180K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $186K.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries




National Average
$171,000


Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, Internal Medicine Salaries

Hospitalist
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Internal Medicine
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National Average
$171,000

Palliative Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 15%