UK Doctors Third Highest Paid in Medscape International Survey

Tim Locke

August 23, 2021

Editor's note, 23 August 2021: This article was updated to clarify the countries covered by the survey.

UK doctors are the third highest paid globally, according to Medscape's latest online international earnings survey comparison report.

US doctors were highest paid on average at £231,000 a year, followed by German physicians at £133,000. The UK average was £101,000.

The lowest paid doctors among our global editions were in Mexico at £8781.

In primary care, UK doctors earned £87,800 less than those in the US, and £57,000 less than Germany.

For male specialists, the US was £161,660 ahead, and £127,274 ahead for female specialists.

Only 39% of UK doctors said they have fair pay, compared with 59% in the US.

When it came to average net worth, UK doctors with £480,530 were second behind the US (£1.2m).

UK and US doctors were most likely to say making the world a better place was the most rewarding part of their jobs (25% and 26% respectively).

The UK led the way with telemedicine adoption at 68%.

If you think the NHS leads the world in paperwork demands, think again.

In Italy, 36% of doctors said they spent 25 or more hours a week on paperwork and admin, compared with 18% in the UK.

We asked whether doctors would pick medicine again as their career. The UK scored lowest at 60% saying 'yes'. Despite the low pay, highest was Mexico at 79%.

When it came to choosing the same speciality, the UK was second (80%) to the US score of 81%.

Data covered full-time practising doctors replying to online surveys from Medscape's global editions (UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Italy.) Collection periods and margins of error varied. Currency conversion was at today's rates from US dollar amounts in December.

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