The Amount of Money a Doctor Makes in a Paycheck

by Chris Newton; Updated September 26, 2017
Doctors often work long and stressful hours but are paid handsomely for their work.

Doctors are typically paid on the same schedule as the office staff, which is usually twice a month or every two weeks. The amount a doctor makes each paycheck varies by education, experience, practice, number of patients and specialty. It takes at least four years of education beyond a bachelor's degree plus years in residency to become a doctor.

Average Salary

According to PayScale, the average salary for a family doctor in 2011 was $141,109. If the doctor is paid twice a month, that comes out to about $5,879.54 per paycheck before taxes and deductions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated a median salary of $186,044 for general doctors in 2008. That equates to $7,751.83 per check if the doctor is paid twice a month.

Salary by Doctor Type

Salaries range based on specialty. For example, according to PayScale, internal medicine doctors earn $146,183 per year in 2011, or $6,090.96 per check when paid twice a month. Emergency room doctors earn $181,350 a year on average, or $7,556.25 per check when paid twice a month. Neurologists earn $162,911 a year, or $6,787.96 per check; while plastic surgeons earn $203,555 per year, or $8,481.46 per check.

Salary by Experience

According to PayScale, a doctor's experience affects his paycheck. For example, doctors with less than one year of experience earn an average salary of $129,663 a year, or $5,402.63 per check when paid twice a month. Doctors with one to four years of experience earn $141,462 a year on average, or $5,894.25 per check. Doctors with five to nine years of experience earn $153,747 a year, while those with 10 to 19 years of experience earn $158,390 a year on average, which calculates to $6,406.13 and $6,599.59 per check, respectively. Doctors with 20 or more years of experience earn $171,968 per year on average, or $7,165.34 per check.

Salary by State

The state where a doctor practices also impacts how much he is paid per paycheck. For example, according to PayScale, in 2011, doctors in California were paid $153,356 on average per year, or $6,389.83 per check when paid twice monthly. Doctors in New York earned $149,699, or $6,237.46 per check, while doctors in Texas earned $152,589, or $6,357.88 per check. Doctors in Illinois earned $149,023 per year on average, or $6,209.29 per check, while doctors in Florida earned $150,926 per year, or $6,288.58 per check.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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