September 13, 2017

Top 10 Countries With The Highest Pay for Doctors

The practice of medicine is a fulfilling one for many who come into it as a calling to serve humanity. Medical practice, however, can either greatly make you wealthy or greatly impoverish you depending on the country and region where you practice.

It is no news how financially rewarding it is to practice medicine in certain Western and Middle Eastern countries. Comparably, many doctors in Africa and Latin America struggle to feed their families. Earning a decent salary can certainly help to give you (and your family) a good quality of life! After all those years of study, exams and call duties, it would only be fair that doctors are well compensated.

There are wonderful benefits to working abroad (aside from financial reasons), including: improved professional skills, renewing passion for medicine, personal development, learning new non-medical skills, among other things.

We have reproduced this list of top ten highest paying countries for medics, courtesy of Med Alerts, and the financial remuneration that doctors can expect to receive if they work there. All salaries are shown in dollars, for comparative purposes.


Top 10 countries where doctors get highest pay

10). DENMARK
Average yearly salary (specialists): $91,000
Average yearly salary (family physicians/GP's): $109,000

Denmark is one of the few countries in this list that pay their family physicians/GP’s better than their specialists. It is a gateway to explore the rest of the Scandinavian countries.

9). SWITZERLAND
Average yearly salary (specialists): $130,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $116,000

Switzerland is a country that offers breath-taking landscapes, amazing opportunities for outdoor sports and uhmmm… chocolate! Divided into French and German speaking parts, it's a great country for those with language skills. Beware though, it is very expensive!

8). IRELAND
Average yearly salary (specialists): $143,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $90,000

Ireland scores consistently highly on best paying countries for both specialists and family physicians. Ireland is a country full of natural beauty – if you can cope with the inclement weather!

7). FRANCE
Average yearly salary (specialists): $149,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/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 the place for you.

6). UNITED KINGDOM
Average yearly salary (specialists): $150,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $118,000

Many of the doctors in UK will be reading this blog post because they want to get away from the UK. So it’s great to show where the UK ranks for medics’ pay in the grand scheme of things.

5). CANADA
Average yearly salary (specialists): $161,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $107,000

Canada has got dramatic landscapes, cultural cities, clean air, and a great work-life balance; but 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.

4). BELGIUM
Average yearly salary (specialists): $188,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $61,000

Another great option that offers amazing salary opportunities for specialists (not so much family physicians/GP’s). Divided into French and Flemish speaking parts. And offering such local delicacies as mussels, frites, waffles, and Belgian beer. It's a much cheaper alternative to London!

3). UNITED STATES
Average yearly salary (specialists): $230,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/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. The only problem is having to do extra exams as a medic.

2). AUSTRALIA
Average yearly salary (specialists): $247,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $91,000

A perennial favourite for 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. Australia is a very great country to live and work in.

1). NETHERLANDS
Average yearly salary (specialists): $253,000
Average yearly salary (family physician/GP’s): $117,000

A surprise winner – Netherlands tops our list. Great country with good quality of life, and home to the charismatic city of Amsterdam. Is this making you want to get your clogs on?

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