How much can a doctor make in Family Practice?

I’m exploring all the different branches in medicine, I heard a rumor that Family Practice Doctors are overworked and underpaid. Any truth to this? How much do they actually make?
thanks for the answers… Just for your info, I’m not in it just for the money. I’m just doing a little bit of research, thought I’d ask this question on Answers to see what I got. its funny what some people call underpaid…. 1 year interns generally make more than a LT in the Navy! crazy

My wife is pediatrician and they make similar to family which is around what you heard. Depends on the location of the practice. I think the average range is $120-150k. You do work allot but then pretty much all doctors do. Varies based on upon hospital versus private practice and size of practice. As for being underpaid that is all based on what you consider a fair pay. The main thing is do what makes you happy. My wife could have picked any area but she wanted to help kids. Being a doctor shouldn’t be about the money but about helping people and doing what you love. The specialties that pay more usually take longer and you end up in more debt (more schooling) and make less longer (longer residency).

Also, in regards to the answer that mentioned GP. To be a GP you don’t have to pass any medical boards. To call yourself a family doctor you do. Just wanted to clarify that while there are generally the same, one passed the boards while has not.



  • I think the rumor you heard is correct. GPs make around $150k annually, from my experience. My brother in law is an ENT surgeon, and while his training/residency took much longer, the payoff in the long run is worth it. He’ll be making triple that…References :

  • Please tell us you’re not getting into it for the money! People should become doctors to help others….not to get rich.References :

  • My wife is pediatrician and they make similar to family which is around what you heard. Depends on the location of the practice. I think the average range is $120-150k. You do work allot but then pretty much all doctors do. Varies based on upon hospital versus private practice and size of practice. As for being underpaid that is all based on what you consider a fair pay. The main thing is do what makes you happy. My wife could have picked any area but she wanted to help kids. Being a doctor shouldn’t be about the money but about helping people and doing what you love. The specialties that pay more usually take longer and you end up in more debt (more schooling) and make less longer (longer residency).

    Also, in regards to the answer that mentioned GP. To be a GP you don’t have to pass any medical boards. To call yourself a family doctor you do. Just wanted to clarify that while there are generally the same, one passed the boards while has not.References :


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