Compensation Trends for Starting Physicians

Practices attract starting physicians by creating an enticing compensation and benefits package. While money is not the only determining factor for physicians selecting a new job, it matters. Especially for physicians just exiting residency or fellowship who carry heavy student loan debt.

“In a sense, the practice’s compensation method reflects its culture.”

Compensation plans have changed over time. The gap between physician supply and demand is a leading factor for changing compensation tactics. Two reasons cited were the current and projected physician shortage and an increased number of physicians retiring early.

2021 Starting Physician Compensation

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In addition to the main forms of compensation, “other” perks outside of the traditional monetary methods:

  • More paid time off to improve work/life balance
  • Changes to the structure for partner track
  • Reinstatement of CME funds that were cut in 2020

MGMA’s Provider Placement Starting Salary data set includes benchmarks for:

  • Guaranteed compensation
  • Amount of CME paid
  • Amount of signing bonus
  • Amount paid to relocate
  • CME weeks paid time off


Compensation plans for physicians are always evolving.

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Source: MGMA, Most practices raising starting physician salaries rather than boosting bonuses, loan assistance