A career as a physician is among the most profitable and secure of jobs available in current times. The demand for skilled doctors is never lessened by economic problems and other issues that often wipe out other job markets. So how much does the physician make per year? If you examine the median salary figures for physicians, the average comes to approximately $161,000 per year. When taking into account more specific individual factors, the range expands to anywhere from $142,000-$188,000 or more.