Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (United States)

General Practice Physicians in the United States see excellent average salaries—about $139,181 annually. Pay generally spreads from $58,743 to $207,954 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $26K and $49,665, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $57,798 or peak near $200,999. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 22 percent claim no health benefits at all. The majority of General Practice Physicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$57,798 - $200,999
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MEDIAN: $128,946
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Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salary (?
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$19.65 - $101.10
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MEDIAN: $77.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$57,798 - $200,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,849  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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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$58,743 - $207,954  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.65 - $101.10  
   
Overtime
$4.86 - $141.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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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$58,743 - $207,954  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, General Practice

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For General Practice Physicians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Paychecks hover around six figures from career onset with typical starting salaries of $120K per year. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $149K. After a couple decades on the job, General Practice Physicians see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $161K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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Boston
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Atlanta
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Portland
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Chicago
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Denver
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National Average
$139,000
San Diego
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New York
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Miami
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Dallas
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Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for General Practice Physicians, 13 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Portland, where General Practice Physicians annually earn 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 39 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Miami and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -29 percent and -16 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$139,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Physician / Doctor, General Practice Salaries

urgent care
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National Average
$139,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
39%
female alumni
 
Male
61%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%
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