Medscape's Physician Compensation Report 2014 found 67% of family physicians would choose medicine as a career again if they had the choice, even though only 32% would choose the same specialty. The average salary for family physicians was $176,000, and one-half said the compensation they earned was fair. AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., said paperwork hassles and lower compensation compared with subspecialists may be two reasons why family physicians might want to choose a different specialty.

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