Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for primary care physicians in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 153,317 primary care physicians currently employed in the United States.
  • 50.6% of all primary care physicians are women, while 49.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed primary care physician is 48 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of primary care physicians is White (61.5%), followed by Asian (19.1%), Hispanic or Latino (9.6%) and Black or African American (5.2%).
  • In 2021, women earned 90% of what men earned.
  • 13% of all primary care physicians are LGBT.
  • Primary care physicians are 84% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Primary Care Physician Statistics By Gender

50.6% of primary care physicians are women and 49.4% of primary care physicians are men.

  • Female, 50.6%
  • Male, 49.4%

Primary Care Physicians By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female50.6%
Male49.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Primary Care Physician

Women Earn 90¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$221,054
female-income
Female Income
$198,269

Primary Care Physician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the primary care physician position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Primary Care Physician Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201057.87%42.13%
201156.37%43.63%
201257.22%42.78%
201355.69%44.31%
201454.80%45.20%
201555.03%44.97%
201654.22%45.78%
201752.24%47.76%
201850.57%49.43%
201950.49%49.51%
202048.98%51.02%
202149.38%50.62%

Primary Care Physician Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Primary Care Physician49%51%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Primary Care Physician Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among primary care physicians is White, which makes up 61.5% of all primary care physicians. Comparatively, there are 19.1% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 61.5%
  • Asian, 19.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.6%
  • Black or African American, 5.2%
  • Unknown, 4.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Primary Care Physician Race

Primary Care Physician RacePercentages
White61.5%
Asian19.1%
Hispanic or Latino9.6%
Black or African American5.2%
Unknown4.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Primary Care Physician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among primary care physicians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Primary Care Physician Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.18%5.15%16.74%8.61%
201167.23%5.23%16.66%8.46%
201267.30%4.99%16.31%8.98%
201365.39%5.41%17.53%9.21%
201466.47%5.03%17.09%8.95%
201566.60%4.88%17.32%9.01%
201664.55%5.26%18.73%8.68%
201765.17%5.12%17.89%9.11%
201864.60%5.20%18.11%9.23%
201964.84%4.79%18.71%8.93%
202062.34%5.03%18.84%9.46%
202161.50%5.17%19.13%9.57%

Primary Care Physician Wage Gap By Race

White primary care physicians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown primary care physicians have the lowest average salary at $216,258.
$229,000
$226,000
$223,000
$220,000
$217,000
$214,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$216,258
White$226,380
Black or African American$216,629
Asian$225,725
Hispanic or Latino$220,490

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Average Age of a Primary Care Physician

We determined the average age of primary care physicians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Primary Care Physician Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown4543
White5145
Black or African American5142
Asian4645
Hispanic or Latino5144

Primary Care Physician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of primary care physician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of primary care physicians is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Primary Care Physician Age

Primary Care Physician YearsPercentages
40+ years72%
30-40 years27%
20-30 years1%

Types of Primary Care Physician Degree Levels

The most common degree for primary care physicians is doctoral degree 40% of primary care physicians earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 34% and rounding it off is master's degree with 5%.

  • Doctorate, 40%
  • Bachelors, 34%
  • Masters, 5%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 16%

Primary Care Physicians By Education

Primary Care Physician DegreePercentages
Doctorate40%
Bachelors34%
Masters5%
Associate5%
Other Degrees16%

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Primary Care Physician Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where primary care physicians work. We found most primary care physicians work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most primary care physicians is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire primary care physicians.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Primary Care Physician Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees8%
50 - 100 employees14%
100 - 500 employees24%
500 - 1,000 employees8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees31%
> 10,000 employees15%

The Types Of Companies Primary Care Physician Work In

Employees with the primary care physician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most primary care physicians prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Primary Care Physician Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education6%
Public6%
Private84%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Primary Care Physicians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ primary care physicians. Those industries include health care, professional and education.

Health Care

Professional

Education

Pharmaceutical

Non Profits

Primary Care Physician Industry Statistics

Primary Care Physician Turnover And Employment Statistics

Primary Care Physician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of primary care physicians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Primary Care Physician Unemployment Rate By Year

YearPrimary Care Physician Unemployment Rate
20100.73%
20110.72%
20120.53%
20130.68%
20140.67%
20150.66%
20160.38%
20170.38%
20180.55%
20190.43%
20200.67%
20210.61%

The Average Number of Years That Primary Care Physician Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,520 primary care physicians resumes, we figured out that the average primary care physician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Primary Care Physician Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year22%
1-2 years35%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years12%
8-10 years5%
11+ years12%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Primary Care Physicians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to primary care physicians.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Speech-Language Pathology Internship5.69%72,220
Geriatric Psychiatrist9.88%5,113
Anesthesiologist Assistant-Certified11.62%78,169
Educational Therapist13.00%23,538
Primary Care Physician13.05%-
Chief, Optometry Service17.57%20,889
Chief Nurse Anesthetist31.64%17,242

Primary Care Physician LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Speech-Language Pathology Internship5.69%72,220
Geriatric Psychiatrist9.88%5,113
Anesthesiologist Assistant-Certified11.62%78,169
Educational Therapist13.00%23,538
Chief, Optometry Service17.57%20,889
Chief Nurse Anesthetist31.64%17,242

Foreign Languages Spoken By Primary Care Physicians

The most common foreign language among primary care physicians is Spanish at 56.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.3% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 7.5%.

  • Spanish, 56.7%
  • French, 8.3%
  • Arabic, 7.5%
  • Chinese, 3.3%
  • Hindi, 3.3%
  • Other, 20.9%

Primary Care Physician Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish56.7%
French8.3%
Arabic7.5%
Chinese3.3%
Hindi3.3%
Other20.9%

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Where Do Primary Care Physicians Earn The Most?

Primary care physicians earn the most in North Dakota, where the average primary care physician salary is $206,733. The map here shows where primary care physicians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Primary Care Physicians?

By looking through more than 1,520 resumes, we found that the most popular places for primary care physicians are New York, NY and Phoenix, AZ.

Number of Primary Care Physicians

Number Of Primary Care Physician Jobs By State

Where Are Primary Care Physicians In High Demand?

Primary care physicians are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 52 job openings for primary care physicians here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country primary care physicians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Primary Care Physician Demographics FAQs

How Many Primary Care Physician Are There In The Us?

There are over 153,317 Primary Care Physicians in the United States.

What Percentage Of Primary Care Physicians Are Black?

5.2% of Primary Care Physicians are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Primary Care Physicians?

Most a are White, with 61.5% of Primary Care Physicians belonging to this ethnicity. 19.1% of Primary Care Physicians are Asian, 9.6% of Primary Care Physicians are Hispanic or Latino, 5.2% of Primary Care Physicians are Black or African American, 4.5% of Primary Care Physicians are Unknown, and 0.1% of Primary Care Physicians are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Primary Care Physician Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Primary Care Physician jobs are not male - dominated. 50% of Primary Care Physicians are female, and 49% are male, so there are more female Primary Care Physicians than male Primary Care Physicians in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Primary Care Physician?

The average Primary Care Physician is 48 years old. 72% of Primary Care Physicians are 40+ years old or older, 27% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 1% are between 20-30 years old

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