Getting any kind of degree or doctorate in the medical field is quite an arduous task. Years in college, costing a small fortune in tuition, books, and self-support during the study, failed to mention the long and arduous process of internships, and starting from the bottom up before you have any level of respect in the industry. You work hard to get where you are, so naturally, you want to situate yourself in a place where you are making a decent salary. While your primary desire is to help people, after all that work, it’s understandable that you want to make a decent living. No one is going to fault you for that.

If you are just now starting out in your academic career, you still have plenty of time to make decisions, and you will have to spend a lot less money in a lot less time to become a general practitioner versus some sort of specialist, surgeon, or the like. 

Well, that can vary depending on the city, state, and a number of other factors. However, the other thing to consider is that general practitioners have stable practices, which means a much more reliable flow of income as well as job security versus specialists, surgeons, and other practitioners in the medical industry.

There is a reason, after all, that a lot of surgeons also have general practices on the side, they are quite lucrative, and there always seems to be a shortage of general practitioners pretty much anywhere you go. Unless you have a diagnosed issue, when you see a doctor, you are seeing a general practitioner, so we can all agree that the more the merrier when it comes to this particular niche within the medical industry.

What does a general practitioner earn, though?

As said before, this varies wildly depending on a host of variables, such as what state you are practicing in, what city within that state, and the current economic conditions that can also have a major effect. Ergo, only general estimates can be produced.

Some pay scale studies have shown that a rural setting in one of the less-populated states in Australia can net you as low as $74,000 a year, or as high as about $110,000 per year. Now, that’s nothing to sneeze at, especially if you are just starting out with a practice. And denser-populated states, or larger cities, the minimum can be somewhere around $190,000 per year, all the way up to $260,000, with some long-established practitioners earning as high as $350,000 per year.

Bear in mind, you will face less competition in a less-populated state or a rural setting, and the cost of living is significantly lowered there. Combined with the charm of the outback, that $74,000 a year is actually a comfortable, quite livable wage for a pleasant environment that is much less stressful. So, don’t shy away from a rural setting just because it sounds lower!

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Nicolas Desjardins

Hello everyone, I am the main writer for SIND Canada. I've been writing articles for more than 10 years and I like sharing my knowledge. I'm currently writing for many websites and newspapers. All my ideas come from my very active lifestyle, every day I ask myself hundreds of questions to doctors, specialists, and physicians. I always keep myself very informed to give you the best information. In all my years as a computer scientist made me become an incredible researcher. I believe that any information should be free, we want to know more every day because we learn every day. Most of our medical sources come from Canada.ca and government research. You can contact me on our forum or by email at info@sind.ca.

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Jeremy · 15 July 2022 at 9:36 am

In Australia, working as a GP is tougher than other specialties. They do not get maternity leave, long service leave and less salary compared to hospital specialists. Also trainee GP are paid approximately 35-37% less than a hospital registrar trainees from my experience. The GP do not have on-call work, so there is very little room to boost their salary. The salary of a GP trainee is published on GPRA website and is low at about approximately $50/hr when compared to other healthcare professional (i..e dentists, psychologists, physio, speech therapist, chiropractor) as there is a conglomerate of GP owners forcing the low wage on GP trainees. For instance whilst teachers are getting 11 % increase in their salary over 3 years, doctors’s increase in salary is about 2.5% a year. To earn a decent wage, one has to see a patient every 10 minutes, which is impossible when most patients wish to squeeze as many medical problems into a single consult. The medicare amount for GP practice was frozen for many years, only recently there was a small insignificant increase. If you want to train in Australia to be a GP, the medical education and cost can add up significantly which is another whole different issue to discuss about. If you are not in the medical field already, it is better to work in a public government work, whereby 20% of the staff are paid above $100,000 and they have more benefits.
If you are already a medical practitioner and wish to specialise, I suggest other specialties other than GP as it is tough to earn a decent wage as both a trainee and GP practice owner. Whilst training to become a GP, the system here try to force many people to work rurally. It is impossible to pay a house mortgage within 50km from the city, support a family and rent in the rural area. At one stage, for about a year or so of my training, I actually slept in my car for two days a week as I was very tired of driving >100km every day to work and back home to my see my wife. Driving when one is tired is dangerous. The system here do not acknowledge this issue that some doctors are already settled living in a certain region and keeps trying to force them to work rurally through poor selection design of who has to work rurally. So overall, I hope there is a better alternative than being a GP in Australia.

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