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Primary care physician salary

How much do primary care physicians make?

What is the salary of a primary care physician? conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. Survey respondents represent primary care physicians who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Primary care physicians represent internal medicine, family practice and pediatrics. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average primary care physician salary in 2019


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary compare to other years?

The primary care salary data is an average for the specialties of internal medicine, family practice and pediatrics. Notably, the average internal medicine salary has increased by approximately 40% since 2016, while the average salary for family practitioners has stayed the same compared to last year and pediatrics has decreased. 

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Survey Results

Demographic insights by gender

Most primary care physicians are male, with a 15% increase since 2017. Psychiatric NP Salary Survey - Male Salary


8% increase Psychiatric NP Salary Survey - Female Salary


8% decrease

Where do primary care physicians work?

These are three of the top work settings for primary care physicians.

Primary Care Physician Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

7% decrease
Primary Care Physician Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center

Clinic or community center

5% increase
Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

1% decrease

How old are Primary Care physicians?

Almost half of primary care physicians were from Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). 


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Respondent demographics

Primary care physicians who took this survey

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in September 2020. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2,080 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