Internal Medicine Specialist Salary in 2018

Medical Specialties Salaries

The Average Salary 

The average salary of internal medicine specialist in US is $197,490.

Physicians who specialize in internal medicine diagnose and offer non-surgical treatment of diseases of internal organs. Known as internists, these physicians primarily provide care for adults with varying internal organ issues. Those who enter this occupation earn a high salary and enjoy a rewarding career.

  • Median Internists Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%





Average $197,490

$158,972 ($76/h)

$249,462 ($120/h)

Average $197,490







In the early stages of their careers, internists will earn $158,972 per year, or $76 per hour. These physicians have little experience and have just completed their training. Internists with experience or a specialization that is in high demand will earn as much as $249,462 per year, or $120 an hour.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 74% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

Medical Insurance

Disability Insurance

Time Off

Social Security

Other Perks


Along with their base salaries, internists also receive benefits and bonuses that increase their yearly earnings. Such benefits might include medical insurance, pension, disability, 401k, time off and Social Security. In total, an internist’s salary package is roughly $267,800 annually.

Cities with the highest paying internists

CitiesAnnual Salary
Interventional Internist Salary in Washington$218,029
Interventional Internist Salary in New York$232,860
Interventional Internist Salary in Chicago$207,680
Interventional Internist Salary in Atlanta$199,169

States with the highest paying internists

StatesAnnual Salary
Internist Salary in Georgia$247,110
Internist Salary in South Dakota$246,880
Internist Salary in Missouri$246,760
Internist Salary in Indiana $240,570
Internist Salary in Kansas$239,560

Factors affecting internist salaries

An internist’s salary will be impacted by location of practice, years of experience and specialization or industry.

1. Experience

Internists with many years of experience will earn a salary that reaches or is close to the highest salary.

2. Location

Of course, location will also affect an internist’s earnings. States with higher quality health facilities or are well-known for their internal medicine departments will offer higher salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia, South Dakota, Missouri, Indiana and Kansas offer the most pay for this occupation.

3. Industry

Specialization or industry will also affect an internist’s salary. Most internists are employed in physician offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, universities and home health care services. These industries also offer above-average pay, except for the case of universities, which pay significantly less.

Training and Certification Requirements

Internists go through the same rigorous training that general physicians go through. A doctoral must be earned, residency training must be completed and certification must be earned.

First, prospective internists must earn a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a health-related field. The program must meet the prerequisites for admission into an accredited medical school. Coursework may include advanced organic chemistry, microbiology, calculus, physics and other advanced courses. From here, students must enter their chosen medical school to earn an M.D. or D.O. Coursework will include human anatomy, pharmacology, medical genetics, medical law and ethics, and physiology. Clinical rotations will also be a part of the program, which will give students hands-on experience.

After completing extensive graduate and undergraduate programs, students must then move on to complete several years of GME (graduate medical education). This program will include a one-year internship and a three-year residency. Typically, students must complete eight years of formal education before they can reach this stage. During their residency program, prospective internists will practice under the supervision of experienced physicians. They will gain insightful experience in diagnosis, management of patients and treatment. Over time, resident internists will be given more responsibilities.

It is important to note that some residency programs will specialize in specific areas of internal medicine. If a prospective internist plans on choosing a specialization in the future, it would be beneficial to complete a residency program in a program that specializes in that area. That being said, most residency programs are general and designed to help train internists who will serve as primary care physicians.

All prospective internists must also complete the appropriate licensing exams and pass the required medical certification. These exams include all three steps of the USMLE as well as state licensing exams.

While not always a requirement, most internists will become board certified in internal medicine. This can be achieved by passing the written and oral board exams.

International Pnternist Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary
Internal Medicine Salary in the UK£75,000 – £116,000
Internal Medicine Salary in CanadaC$56,526– C$137,027
Internal Medicine Salary in AustraliaAU$47,835 – AU$170,000


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