Family Practice Doctor Salary
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Family doctors provide care to a wide range of patients while earning $172,020 per year

An average family practice doctor salary is $172,020 per year.  Many factors such as location, size of the practice, and fees charged will affect the wages of a doctor.

The average Family Practice Doctor Salary or General Practitioner Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Family Doctor's and General Practitioners work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. The salaries of a Family Doctor and a General Practitioner will vary depending on a number of factors.  The assumption was made that the Family Practice Doctors and General Practitioners reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.


Family Practice Doctor Salary and General Practitioners median salary is $82.70 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $41 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $114.00 per hour


On an annual basis the median Family and General Practitioner salary is $172,020. The lowest 10% earn less than $85,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $238,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average

Lowest and Highest General Practitioner Salary

The lowest Family Doctor salary is less than $85,000 annually. The highest paid Family and General Practitioners earn as much as $250,000 per year.


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 Top 5 States

The best paying states for the Family Doctor and General Practitioner to earn a salary are Arkansas $214,080, Iowa $213,600, Rhode Island $205,280, Hawaii $205,000, and New Hampshire $202,860

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Family Doctor salary or General Practitioner salary are Waterloo-Cedar Falls IA $244,180, Portsmouth NH-ME $243,400, Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV $242,170, Ogden UT $241,670, and Montgomery AL $241,220

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Other Industries

Managed care organizations, medical diagnostic laboratories, federal and state government, and employment services offer other employment opportunities for family practice doctors or general practice doctors.

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Employment Data

According to the U.S. Department of Labor there are over 110,000 family practice doctors or general practice doctors  practicing  in the United States. 

Approximately 81,000 of them work in a clinic or medical office.  The majority are considered self employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Family and General Practitioners employed in the United States approximately 18,000 of them work in hospitals. A few can be found working in dental offices or laboratories. A small percentage work for colleges, universities or outpatient care centers. The largest numbers of them work in clinics or urgent care centers either in private or group practices.

Private Practice vs. Employment

A rapidly growing trend in the healthcare arena is the use of the locum tenens. This is a doctor who agrees to a short term contract to fill in for a doctor who is on leave or extended absence. These contracts can be arranged individually by the doctor or through an intermediary such as an employment agency.

Most doctors run a small business that employs from 1 to 50 employees depending on the size of the practice. 


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.   

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK) - General Practice doctors[1]

Junior doctors in their first year of postgraduate foundation training earn a basic salary of around £22,636. The basic salary in Foundation Year 2 increases to £28,076. They also receive a supplement or banding according to the rotation.

A doctor in specialist training has a basic starting salary of £30,002. Doctors in training are paid extra if they work more than 40 hours or they work outside the hours of 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. This is usually between 20% and 50% of the basic salary.

Salaried GPs employed directly by a primary care trust (PCT) earn between £54,319 and £81,969. The profit of GPs who are self-employed and hold NHS contracts varies depending on the services they provide and how they choose to provide them.

Australian General Practitioner[2]

The average annual income for a full-time Australian GP is up to $200,000 or more.

GPs earn a higher average income than most non-medical professionals including lawyers, veterinarians, architects, engineers and accountants. Compared to family practitioners elsewhere in the world, Australian GPs are among the highest income earners, above countries like France, Germany and Canada. 

Earnings are determined based on a two tier wage system which is set by a national system of wages which is negotiated every two years between the national healthcare system and medical associations representing general practitioners.

GP term 1      $71,400 per annum plus super or 45% of billings (whichever is greater)

GP term 2      $85,845 per annum plus super or 45% of billings (whichever is greater)


General practitioner (GP) and family physician - A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $120,000 – $180,000.

Employment prospects for general practitioners and family physicians are good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand in this profession will increase for the near future.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $118.75 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Laval, Quebec at $29.50 per hour.

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