Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Family Medicine Physician Pay

There were approximately 112,000 family medicine physicians working in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  Most family medicine physicians work in physician offices, with smaller numbers working in hospitals, outpatient care centers, educational institutions, and local government entities. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced training and technical skills, family medicine physicians earn salaries and wages that are materially higher than the average salary or wage earned by workers in most other occupations. Per BLS estimates, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for family medicine physicians was $240,790.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with family medicine physicians in some states making significantly more than what their counterparts earn elsewhere. As of May 2023, according to BLS data, the following were the ten best and worst states for family medicine physician pay (based on annual mean wage levels):

The Best and Worst States for Family Medicine Physician Pay

Best Paying States
Wyoming $303,190
Mississippi $292,020
Arizona $288,700
South Carolina $283,300
Kentucky $282,140
Wisconsin $276,580
Georgia $274,650
Iowa $274,300
Alaska $273,740
Nebraska $268,740

Worst Paying States
Texas $214,720
New Jersey $213,320
South Dakota $212,300
Rhode Island $212,130
Vermont $212,050
West Virginia $182,890
Michigan $178,030
Illinois $167,480
Ohio $162,180
Arkansas $129,110

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 20, 2024

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