Internal medicine salary

How much do internal medicine physicians make?

What is the salary for an internal medicine physician? conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. Survey respondents represent internal medicine physicians who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average internal medicine physician's salary in 2020


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for internal medicine physicians compare to other years?

Internal medicine salaries have been steadily increasing since 2017, but in 2020 they saw a sharp decline by 17%. Twenty percent of internal medicine physicians said their salary decreased directly due to COVID-19 last year. More than half (51%) of respondents said they felt stress or burnout due to the pandemic and 53% are planning to take time off in the next few months. More than half (52%) are also planning on making a job change within the next year.

To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

In 2020, there were more male internal medicine physicians than female. Family Practice Salary Survey - Male Salary


62% Family PracticeSalary Survey - Female Salary



Where did internal medicine physicians work in 2020?

Last year, most internal medicine physicians worked for clinics or hospitals.

Internal Medicine Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed


Internal Medicine Salary Survey - Academic

Group practice


Internal Medicine Salary Survey - Group practice

Clinic or community center


View clinician employment trends during the pandemic and insight into how COVID-19 affected their salary and workload.

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Respondent demographics

Internal medicine physicians who took this survey

Most internal medicine physicians were split pretty evenly between the baby boomer generation, generation X and millennials, though most had been in practice for five years or less. In 2020 most internal medicine physicians worked on the east coast. Almost half were full-time employed physicians. To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are physicians?

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo