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Primary care physician salary

How much do primary care physicians make?

What is the salary of a primary care physician?

LocumTenens.com 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

$242,889

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.

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Male

53%
8% increase
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Female

47%
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

14%
7% decrease
Primary Care Physician Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center

Clinic or community center

35%
5% increase
Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

20%
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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Methodology

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 LocumTenens.com, 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.

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