How much do junior doctors make?

Article by Julia Strelou15 Apr 2022
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A doctor’s salary depends on several factors: grade, experience, the number of hours worked, location, and the type of work.

A junior doctor, or resident medical officer's, salary often varies depending on where they are located and whether they are doing permanent or locum work.

How much do junior doctors make in Australia?

On average, junior doctors in Australia make around $70,000 – $85,000.

How much a junior doctor can make varies, depending on their specialty. The highest-paid specialty in Australia is surgery closely followed by other in-demand specialties including emergency medicine, general medicine, psychiatry, and anaesthetics.

Doctor salary also varies from state to state. For an annual base salary, Western Australia pays juniors the highest – around $85,000 a year – whereas working as a junior doctor in Tasmania you will earn around $72,000. Although Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria pay resident doctors similar wages, there are other benefits to consider. For example, Victoria has financial provisions for junior doctors’ professional development. Rates also vary between states for locum work with Tasmania having the highest hourly rates.

How much do junior doctors make in New Zealand?

A junior doctor in New Zealand makes around $80,000 – $140,000 a year.

In New Zealand, how much a junior doctor makes will depend on their specialty and whether they are undertaking locum or permanent roles. On average, a junior doctor in New Zealand with up to three years of experience can expect to earn a compensation of NZ$85,000 gross per year.

In New Zealand, rates are largely based on government policies. Rates can vary due to late notice requirements or high demand to fill a role.

How can junior doctors make more money?

There are ways a junior doctor can increase earnings through penalty overtime or weekend shifts. Locum work is a great way to earn more by working extra shifts alongside a usual role.

Locuming also provides the opportunity to travel, learn and work in different settings. It could be the ideal opportunity for junior doctors to discover their preferred ways of working and their ideal location.

Locum rates vary for a number of reasons, including the urgency of the shift, the amount of notice provided, public holidays, and the specialty. Rates can also range between different states and territories.

In Australia, a junior doctor (RMO) can make $90 - $150 an hour doing locum work.

In New Zealand, a junior doctor (RMO)can make $70 - $115 an hour doing locum work.

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Julia Strelou
Article by Julia StrelouMedrecruit Editor
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