International Medical Salaries: The Stats

We would like to present you with a list of the 13 highest paying countries for doctors, based on 2013 OECD health statistics. For this purpose, we have compared how both GP´s and specialists are paid in these countries. A direct…

We would like to present you with a list of the 13 highest paying countries for doctors, based on 2013 OECD health statistics. For this purpose, we have compared how both GP´s and specialists are paid in these countries.

A direct cross-country comparison is challenging, due to the varying standards of living provided by the same salary in different locations. That´s why we have adjusted the salaries to take into account purchasing-power parity, meaning that we adjust the numbers so that $1,000 of salary buys the same amount of goods and services in every country. This provides general sense of a physician’s standard of living in each country

We have taken into consideration the average gross annual income, including social security contributions and income taxes, payable by the employee.

As you can see, there are disparities between the salary levels of GP’s and specialists in the different countries listed.

The top 5 highest paying countries for specialists are:

  1. Belgium
  2. Netherlands
  3. Canada
  4. Ireland
  5. Australia

The top 5 highest paying countries for GP’s are:

  1. Ireland
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Netherlands
  4. Denmark
  5. Canada

Ireland seems to score highly in general and it’s close to home! However, you may not have the sunshine of some other more exotic destinations like Australia.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2013

GROWTH IN THE REMUNERATION OF GPS AND SPECIALISTS 2005 – 2011.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2013

The average growth in remuneration for specialists was 3.65% for the six year period between 2005 to 2011. The highest growth being in Israel at 5.3% and the lowest growth in Austria at 0.2%.

The average growth in remuneration for GP’s was 3.4% for the six year period between 2005 to 2011. The highest growth being in Belgium at 5.5% and the lowest growth in Hungary at 0.3%.

Note: The Netherlands’ growth rate is for self-employed GPs and specialists



Check out our Working Overseas section for more on medical salaries and employment matters in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Canada and the UAE. 

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