What is an anesthesiologists salary in Australia?

Article by Bethany Rogers27 Jul 2021
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Anaesthetics is one of Australia’s highest-paid doctor salaries in Australia.

According to the latest data from the Australian Tax Office, anaesthetists and anesthesiologists in Australia earned an average taxable income of AUD 386,065.

For consultant-level anaesthetists in permanent roles, the average salary range is AUD 200,000 to AUD 500,000.

Where you’re based, your level of training and other factors can have an impact on how much you earn. But the data’s clear: anaesthetics is one of the best-paid medical specialities, vying with a surgeons salary for Australia’s best-paid job.

The salary for locum anaesthetists in Australia is:

The salary of a locum anaesthetist in Australia can vary depending on several factors, such as their level of experience, the location of the job, the duration of the contract, and the nature of the work. However, according to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the current hourly rates for locum anaesthetists in Australia range from around AUD 200 to AUD 300 per hour.

It's worth noting that many locum anaesthetists also receive additional benefits as part of their compensation package, such as travel and accommodation expenses, professional development opportunities, and the ability to work flexible schedules. Locum anaesthetists may be able to negotiate higher rates depending on their qualifications and experience.

It's always best to research current rates and negotiate directly with potential employers or locum agencies to get a clear understanding of the compensation package offered for a specific job opportunity.

At Medrecruit we are seeing consultant anaesthetists earning day rates of between AUD 2,000 – AUD 3,500 in total compensation per day

Are anaesthetists in demand in Australia?

Anaesthetists are in demand in Australia. According to the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, anaesthetists are listed as a "highly sought-after occupation" in Australia, with strong employment growth projected over the next few years.

There are a few factors driving the demand for anaesthetists in Australia. One is the ageing population, which is increasing the demand for healthcare services across the board. Additionally, there is a growing demand for elective surgeries, and anaesthetists play a crucial role in ensuring these procedures are carried out safely.

Overall, anaesthetists are well-respected and highly valued members of the healthcare system in Australia, and the demand for their services is expected to remain strong in the years to come.

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How anaesthetists can increase their salary:

Anaesthetists’ highly specialist skills are in demand. With surgical procedures on the rise, the need for anaesthetists across both private and public hospitals is rising too, this means anaesthetists have many opportunities to earn good money.

Anesthesiology in Australia is highly developed and has some of the highest practice standards in the world. Significant investment in facilities means 2023 is a great time to be an anaesthetist: you have excellent training opportunities and access to the latest equipment.

Here’s how anaesthetists could increase their salary:

Keep training and upskilling. An Anaesthetist with years of experience earns more than a new consultant, but you can earn more by upskilling. Though there are many job opportunities for anaesthetists, it’s those with the most skills and experience who earn the big bucks.

It’s not all about exams and text books! Teach yourself to cultivate important ‘soft’ skills like communication and the ability to work in a team.
Train in a subspecialty. As well as general anaesthetics, you could train in a subspecialty like paediatrics, neuro-anaesthesia, ICU cover, cardiac, obstetrics or pain management.
Gain unique experiences. Locuming enables you to take on different roles across Australia. This helps you gain unique experiences and build a well-rounded CV that’ll help you get the top anaesthetist jobs.

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Bethany Rogers
Article by Bethany RogersMedrecruit Editor
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