Primary care physicians see modest increase in pay

February 20, 2009
Morgan Lewis Jr.
Morgan Lewis Jr.

Family and internal medicine doctors were in high demand in 2008, but saw only a modest increase in compensation, according to a report by the Delta Companies.

Family and internal medicine doctors were in high demand in 2008, but saw only a modest increase in compensation, according to a report by the Delta Companies, a medical recruiting and placement firm.

Family practitioners and internists ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in demand last year, according to the firm, which reported that 47 percent of its searches were for primary care physicians. Family physicians earned a total average annual compensation of $210,852 (including an $18,160 sign-on bonus), up less than 1 percent from the prior year, while the average internal medicine doctor landed $228,480 last year in total compensation (including a $20,183 bonus), up 3.7 percent.

Subspecialists in pulmonary critical care received the biggest pay raise last year, up 12.7 percent from 2007, with $381,129 in total salary, according to the report. Radiologists earned the highest average annual salary last year at $608,333.