Your Average GP Salary in Australia
You might ask the question ‘how much do GPs earn in Australia?’ Perhaps you have heard that Australia’s cost of living is high, and are concerned about whether your income will compensate you for this? This page discusses Australian general practitioners’ salaries and gives guidance as to what GPs coming from overseas may expect by way of remuneration.
General Practitioner salary/earning average
The first thing to say about GP earnings and career in Australia is that Australian GPs generally live well and have a comfortable lifestyle. Generally, Australia is more affordable to live in than most other countries due to a lower cost of living. But more importantly, they are not paid a salary! Instead, they are paid a percentage of what they bill. So technically, we are talking about your earnings, rather than a salary. Your percentage of earnings will be set out in your contract terms.
Typically your earnings can equate to a salary of between about $250,000 and $300,000 depending on a few key elements:
- The number of work hours:
For our national calculations, we have assumed 40 hours a week. The more hours you work the more you earn.
- Your average hourly billings
If you work in a bulk billing practice you will probably average 5/6 consultations an hour. If you work in a mixed billing practice you will see a little less – around 4/5 an hour. Either way, you average hourly rate will be very similar.
- The percentage of billings you receive
In our calculations, we have used 60%, 65% and 70% as these are the most common pay terms. Please note most practices pay 60-65%; 70% is very rare at the moment and usually on available at newly established, bulk billing practices.
- The number of weeks of leave you to take
For our calculation below we have assumed 4 weeks of leave.
Average GP salary Australia (per annum)
|Earnings||Bulk Billing||Mixed Billing (Private & Bulk)|
|5 patients @ average $45= $225 average hourly billings||4 patients @ $60 average=$240 average hourly billings|
|Gross billings (Based on 38 hours a week, 46 working weeks a year)||Gross billings=$432,000||Gross billings=$460,800|
|60% of billings||$259,200 earnings||$276,480 earnings|
|65% of billings||$280,800 earnings||$299,520 earnings|
- For our bulk-billing calculations, we have used an average consultation fee of $45 for bulk billing. The normal rebate is $37 however you may have extra billable items (such as pap smears, health care plans, suturing, etc). You may also charge patients a higher fee for longer consultations. Generally, Australia has moved to a focus on bulk billing, therefore, you may earn more at a bulk billing clinic due to higher patient numbers.
- For mixed billing practices, we have used an average consultation fee of $60. While the consultation fee is usually around $65 at these practices, you will still bulk bill those who are low income, elderly and children – who will often make up a large portion of your patient base
- Commonly, a bulk billing practice will pay a higher percentage of billings than a mixed billing practice – so overall your earnings will be similar
- Your earnings in the first 12 months may be slightly lower, as it can take a few months to build up your patient base – but this all depends on how busy the practice is that you go to.
- Please note these are indicative earnings; no guarantees are made that you will earn at this level. The reason for the relatively small difference in the per-consultation billings is that mixed-billing practices are genuinely mixed, and tend still to bulk-bill a reasonable percentage of patients. **
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