10 Highest Paid Countries in the World for Doctors

Sara Sabin Posted by Sara Sabin on July 28, 2016

Doctors may not have chosen medicine for purely financial reasons. However, earning a decent salary certainly can help to give you (and your family) a good quality of life! After all those years of study, exams and on calls, wouldn’t you like to be compensated fairly?

There are wonderful benefits to working abroad (aside from financial reasons). These include :

  • Improved professional skills
  • Renewing your passion for medicine
  • Personal Development
  • Learning new non-medical skills

However, in this article, I am going to explore in more depth, the financial remuneration that you can expect to receive in some of the highest paying countries for medics.

All salaries are shown in dollars, for comparative purposes.


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No. 10: Denmark

copenhagen-142711_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $91,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $109,000

Denmark is one of the few countries in this list that pay their GP’s better than their specialists.

Reasonably close to home and a gateway to explore the rest of the Scandinavian countries.


No. 9: Switzerland

eiger-1435517_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $130,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $116,000

Switzerland is a country that offers breathtaking landscapes, amazing opportunities for outdoor sports and umm… chocolate!

Divided into French and German speaking parts, great for those with language skills.

Beware though, it is very expensive!

No. 8: Ireland

landscape-1477320_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $143,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $90,000

Ireland scores consistently highly on best paying countries for both specialists and GP’s.

Close to home and full of natural beauty – if you can cope with the inclement weather!


No. 7: France

eiffel-tower-1526364_1280Average yearly salary (specialists): $149,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $92,000

There’s a pharmacy on practically every corner in Paris. France treats and pays their doctors very well!

If you are francophone and love cheese, wine and delicious patisserie, France could be for you.


No. 6: United Kingdom

london-530055_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $150,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $118,000

Many of you will be reading this blog post because you want to get away from the UK….

However, I think it’s great to show where it ranks for medics’ pay in the grand scheme of things.


No. 5: Canada

niagara-218591_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $161,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $107,000

Dramatic landscapes, cultural cities, clean air, great work-life balance. Probably not for the faint hearted during winter.

United Nations ranked Canada as one of the best countries in the world in which to live. It is recognized worldwide for its exceptional quality of life, progressive political environment and one of the healthiest economies in the world.


No. 4: Belgium

bruges-1288281_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $188,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $61,000

Another close to home option that offers amazing salary opportunities for specialists (not so much GP’s).

Divided into French and Flemish speaking parts. And offering such local delicacies as mussels, frites, waffles, and Belgian beer. A much cheaper alternative to London!


No. 3: United States

flag-75047_1280Average yearly salary (specialists): $230,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $161,000

The United States offer great opportunities and pay for their doctors. A country of great diversity, there are many options to travel both within  the USA and to Central & South America and Mexico.

Only problem is having to do extra exams as a medic.


No. 2: Australia

thumbimage (3)Average yearly salary (specialists): $247,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $91,000

A perennial favourite of doctors going to work overseas and it’s easy to see why!

Great weather, high salaries, opportunities to travel and a real focus on work-life balance.



No. 1: Netherlands

windmill-384622_1920Average yearly salary (specialists): $253,000

Average yearly salary (GP’s): $117,000

A surprise winner – Netherlands tops our list.

Close to home, good quality of life, and home to the charismatic city of Amsterdam. Is this making you want to get your clogs on?

Read our related blog on 13 Highest Paying countries for doctors.

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