Pay for doctors

Find out about the different doctor pay grades in 2016.

The information here covers different positions, including doctors in training, specialty doctors, consultants and GPs working in England.  

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Doctors in training

Pay and conditions for doctors and dentists in training are currently subject to a referendum of relevant British Medical Association members.

The result of the referendum will be known by 6 July 2016, and information will be updated thereafter.

Specialty doctors

If you’re working as a specialty doctor you’ll earn a basic salary of £37,547 to £70,018..


As a consultant you'll earn a basic salary of £76,001 to £102,465 per year, depending on the length of your service. You may apply for local and national clinical excellence awards. This is a competitive process which takes into account work that you do over and above delivering your basic job requirements. In addition if you take on extra responsibilities, for example in management or education, you may expect to be paid more. Consultants can also supplement their salary by working in private practice if they wish. The opportunities available will depend on their specialty areas and the time they wish to spend on this outside of their NHS contracted hours.

General practitioners

There are two contractual options for GPs. They can be:

1) independent contractors who are in charge of running their own practices as business either alone or in partnerships. They have autonomy in how services are delivered according to their contract with the Clinical Commissioning Group. In England, these GPs have increasing responsibility for the commissioning of hospital services for the community

2) salaried GPs who are employees of independent contractor practices or directly employed by primary care organisations. The pay range for salaried GPs is £55,965 to £84,543.

Further information

For more information about pay for doctors, visit the NHS Employers website.

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