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GP Salary in the UK

12 March 2019 | UK/Ireland GPs | 3 minutes read

GP Salary in the UK

How much do GPs earn in the UK? 

You might have seen the news report of Britain’s highest earning GP making at least £700,000 a year. There are a number of GPs in the UK raking in ridiculously high salaries by performing minor surgeries and special drug treatments in addition to their normal general medicine duties. For the majority of UK general practitioners, however, the situation looks quite different.

UK GPs earn £90,000 on average.

Salary Progression

According to, junior doctors in their first year typically earn £26,500, rising to £31,000 in their second year. Indeed reports that the average General practitioner salary for entry-level (0-5yrs) GPs is £51,000. As can be seen in the graph below, the average salary rapidly increases from the 5th year onwards but reaches a ceiling for GPs with 10-20 years of experience and salaries decline thereafter.

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Average working hours of UK General Practitioners

The National GP Worklife Survey, carried out by the University of Manchester, found that general practitioners in the UK work an average of 41.8 hours per week.

16% of the GP workforce work between 50-59 hours per week, 28% between 40-49 hours and 33% work less than 40 hours per week.

What leaves many GP leaders worried is the survey finding that 20% of GPs are working a staggering 60+ hours every week. Although, given the GP shortage and high pressure in the workplace, the stats are not very surprising.

UK GP Salary in comparison to Australian GP salary

UK GPs work 41.8 hours per week on average and earn £90,000 a year.

The 2018 Alecto GP Salary Survey has revealed that the Australian national annual average salary of a GP working 39-43 hours per week earns £210,166 ($379,357).

Research has found the average family doctor in the UK sees 205 patients a week.

Australian GPs on the other hand, only see an average of 114 patients each week, that’s almost half compared to the UK.

The stats clearly show that GPs in Australia are far better of in terms of salary and working hours which allows them to enjoy a better work-life balance.

Not surprisingly, Australia is a very popular destination for UK GPs. Every year, many General Practitioners move from the UK to Australia. We understand that making such a life-changing decision takes time and needs to be considered carefully.

Surely enough you will have many questions, which we are more than happy to answer.

Read the full interview with Dr Krish

Consider moving to Australia?

Whether the thought of moving has crossed your mind or whether you have already set your mind to make the move, Alecto Australia is dedicated to answering all your questions and help you find a GP job in your desired Australian city.

Please contact our recruitment agency for further advice.

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Besides assisting you in finding the best GP job at the best GP practice in Australia, we also create a community that connects and supports UK GPs in Australia. Every year we organise networking events in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth where you can meet other GPs.

Learn more about Alecto Connect.

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