Do rural doctors get paid more?

Article by Jessica Allen17 Jun 2022

Rural doctors in Australia do get paid more overall. Working as a rural doctor offers a range of benefits both professionally and personally, including great rates.

In addition to overall higher rates, most locum placements include travel and accommodation. With fewer things to spend money on outside of work, you'll have ample opportunity to save the extra money you're earning and switch off when you finish work.

Why do rural doctors earn more?

Currently, there's a higher demand for skilled practitioners in rural and remote locations - health systems and medical centres pay more in these areas. As a rural doctor, you are expected to be more of a rural generalist working across a range of specialties and treating patients all along their journey.

There are interesting and diverse medical practices in rural areas. Doctors are likely to be dealing with more complex health concerns day-to-day than a typical GP and get the opportunity to experience just about everything over your time.

Another reason rural doctors are earning more is because of the remote location, but this doesn't mean there's no fun to be had. Some of the best sites and experiences in the country can be found in remote locations - it's the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a tight-knit community, get to know the locals, and discover something different.

How much more are rural doctors earning?

The NSW Rural Doctor's Network has reported that rural doctors can earn 11.5% more than those working in major cities. GPs in rural and remote areas, and outer regional Australia are earning more money, and also may be financially incentivised to make the move to these areas.

By taking an opportunity to work as a rural doctor, you'll be able to earn more money in addition to evolving your skillset, progressing your career, and enjoying a different lifestyle. If you want more information or support you can join the Rural Doctors Network .

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Jessica Allen
Article by Jessica AllenMedrecruit Editor