Doctor jobs in New Zealand: everything you need to know

Article by Medrecruit Editorial Team22 Aug 2022
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Many international doctors (or IMGs) look to make the move to New Zealand for a change of pace, a safe environment to raise a family, or better working conditions.

There are many opportunities for doctors in New Zealand both in the bustling metropolitans and the rural country scapes. If you're IMG thinking of making the move, here's everything you need to know.

What does a doctor earn in NZ?

The average doctor's salary in New Zealand is $187,022, but this will vary depending on grade, specialty, and location. According to careers.

  • Registrars working for a district health board (DHB) usually earn between $72,000 and $182,000 a year.

  • Qualified physicians working for a DHB usually earn between $155,000 and $219,000.

  • Physicians working in the private sector can earn more than this. Those at the top level can earn up to $600,000.

As of 2022, the average New Zealand wage is $58,836 per year, with doctors of all grades and specialties earning above the median wage.

Are doctors needed in New Zealand?

Yes, all healthcare professionals are in demand in New Zealand. Some specialties in high demand include Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, ICU, Psychiatry, and GP.

New Zealand is looking for healthcare workers of all specialties and you may be eligible for visa priority. We have an in-house immigration advisor who can chat with you about the right medical pathway, what positions we have available, and all the logistics of making your move.

Is there a shortage of doctors in New Zealand?

Yes, this means as an IMG your chances of getting a job as a physician are good due to a shortage of workers.

If you got your medical degree in the UK or Ireland we can help you with your medical pathway to working in New Zealand. Please register for more information.

Are doctors paid well in New Zealand?

Yes, in 2022 working as a doctor is considered the highest paying job in New Zealand. In recent data released by, it is ranked higher than even law or engineering.

As of 2022, the average New Zealand wage is $58,836 per year, with doctors of all grades and specialties earning above the median wage.

Known for its rugged scenery and laidback culture, New Zealand offers its residents a desirable lifestyle and a great place to settle down and raise a family.

Which doctor has the highest salary in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, doctor pay varies depending on grade, location, and specialty. Lots of factors come into play, but figures suggest that the highest paying doctor jobs in New Zealand are for senior physicians in the private sector – up to $600,000 annually. That’s more than eleven times the national average!

We hope you found these answers to questions frequently asked by IMGs helpful. If you are ready to take the next step in making the move, register here. Our service is completely free, and we will guide you through the entire process.

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