May 24, 2017 - The average salary offered to primary care doctors being placed in new jobs jumped significantly in 2016, and in an effort to attract doctors, signing bonuses increased in rural and mid-sized communities, according to a new report.

The average salary grew from $207,041 in 2015 to $229,734 in 2016, not including signing bonuses, according to a report from The Medicus Firm, a physician recruitment company. Those numbers include internal medicine and family medicine physicians hired to practice primary care medicine.

The report summarized the salaries at which primary care doctors were placed by the firm with hospitals and healthcare employers nationwide. The numbers reflect the increased demand for primary care providers and a larger placement volume in recent years, said Jim Stone, company president.

Other top findings from the report include:

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors by 2030, including a shortfall of between 7,300 and 43,100 primary care physicians.

By Joanne Finnegan
Posted on FierceHealthcare