What is the highest emergency physician salary in Australia?

Article by Bethany Rogers13 Aug 2021
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In 2021, emergency medicine continues to be one of the best-paid medical specialties. Consultants working in this area can earn as much as $3,900 per day.

The demand for emergency medicine doctors in Australia is high. Emergency medicine is a specialty that focuses on the immediate care of patients with acute illnesses or injuries. Emergency medicine doctors are trained to quickly assess and stabilise patients, and to make decisions about the most appropriate course of treatment. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, urgent care clinics, and emergency departments.

How much you can earn depends on where you’re based, and your level of experience. Most hospitals acknowledge and pay based on your training in emergency.

Here’s what locum emergency medicine specialists earn in Australia

Resident medical officers (RMO): $80 – $150 per hour Registrars: $100 – $180 per hour Consultant emergency medicine physicians: $2,000 – $3,900 per day

Emergency medicine specialists on a salary in Australia earn an average of $190,000. Top specialists can earn as much as $500,000 or more. Junior doctors can expect to earn a salary of $75,000 minimum per year.

How emergency medicine doctors can increase their income

Emergency medicine specialists have lots of opportunities to increase their salaries. Increasing your hours is the most obvious one, but it’s not always the best way to earn more money, especially if it affects your work/life balance.

Here’s how you could earn more in emergency medicine in Australia

Location, location, location. Doctors working in rural areas tend to earn more and the work is arguably more interesting.
Find out where you’re in demand. Particularly at registrar level, some states like Western Australia and New South Wales offer more competitive pay rates to entice EM doctors.
If you’re in a salaried role, take on locum work to boost your income. Emergency medicine consultants can increase their income considerably by taking on a few well-chosen locum roles.
To get the best roles, make yourself indispensable and develop your skill set. Emergency medicine doctors have been described as the ‘world’s best multi-taskers. Having excellent communication and other ‘soft’ skills will really make your CV shine.

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Bethany Rogers
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