Internist Salary Guide

Do you wonder how much internal medicine physicians, or internists, make? Or how does the salary for internists compare across states and between perm and temp work? Follow along to learn more!

Discover our internist salary guide to find:

  • Internist Salary
  • Physician Salary by State
  • How Do Internists Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?
  • How Much Will Internists Make in 2024?

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NP salary guide

How Much Do Internists Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, internal medicine physicians, or internists, make $225,270 in annual compensation.

How Much Do Locum Tenens Internists Make?

Locum tenens internists can upwards of $125 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

If you were to extrapolate that rate over a year (at 40 hours per week), the average locum salary comes out to around $260,000. 

That means locum tenens internists can make up to 15% more than the average provider. However, making direct salary comparisons can be complicated. While perm  internists are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens  internists are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year. 

Furthermore, because locum tenens  internists are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried internist’s additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm internists salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance.

Internist Salary by State

The most recent state breakdown of internist salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. That said, the top 5 highest paying states for internist salary are:

  • Alaska 
  • South Dakota 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Kentucky 
  • Minnesota

How Do Internist Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?

Internists are in the bottom half of the 30+ physician specialties surveyed in the Medscape 2023 compensation report. The top five specialties (plastic surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology) all reported annual income of greater than $500,000.

How Much Will Internists Make in 2024?

Internist salaries have increased over the last several years, with a 39% increase in reported salary since 2015. In 2023, internist salary increased 4% from the previous year. A safe estimate is that internists will continue to increase with salaries, meaning that internists will make around $234,280 in annual salary in 2024.

Find Your Next Internist Job with Barton

Barton coordinates your job search from start to finish!



We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

Your Barton team will then go to work, compiling a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.



Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



Don’t worry! Barton Associates will handle licensing, credentialing, and travel arrangements before you arrive.

Your Barton rep will also work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one.


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