Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for internists in the United States was $194,500 in 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $57,420 per year, whereas the highest 10% earned more than $208,000 per year.
The top paying industry was medical and diagnostic laboratories, where the median annual salary was $251,190. This was followed by the local government ($238,240), outpatient care centers ($236,140), home health care services ($224,530) and finally Offices of other healthcare practitioners ($223,110).
Autonomy and flexibility
Like any medical career, internist will not have a great deal of flexibility or autonomy at the beginning of their career because they are supervised by more experienced physicians in order to gain experience and knowledge.
However, once fully qualified, most internists have a huge amount of autonomy and responsibility. Qualified internist often don’t have to answer to anyone. Typically, they have control over hundreds of decisions each day, whether it’s about diagnosis, medications or treatment.
All physicians are likely to feel less flexibility. Often, they will work in busy laboratories or hospitals and will therefore not be able to pick their own hours or schedule.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be an Internist, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities available, are:
- North Dakota, where the average annual salary is $203,864
- South Dakota, where the average annual salary is $190,119
- Wisconsin, where the average annual salary is $184,984
- Alaska, where the average annual salary is $181,996
- Michigan, where the average annual salary is $188,910
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Georgia, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland and Texas.
Most internist will work in physicians’ offices, but they may also work in hospitals, in academia or for the government. Like all physicians, internists tend to work in clean and sanitary environments and in environments where teamwork and cohesion is at the forefront.