Typical NHS Doctor Salary in the UK

  • April 13, 2020
 

One of the most important questions to consider when searching for a doctor job in the NHS is: what is the doctor salary in the UK?

The NHS is one of the most developed health systems in the world and international doctors form an integral part of delivering high quality patient care, as such they are rewarded with competitive pay rates and benefits. 

In this short article we provide an overview of doctors pay in the UK by grade, salary estimates are based on the NHS Doctor Salary pay scale. 

It is important to note that the below rates of pay are a guide based on current NHS pay scales and it is worthwhile checking with your IMG Consultant the pay opportunities before your start applying for posts in the UK. It is highly conceivable that you can earn more than the pay scales below depending on your experience and demand. 

For overseas doctors, posts will include competitive rates of pay, additional pay for extra hours worked, benefits and pensions. 

FY1 & FY2

In the most junior hospital trainee post of Foundation Year 1 (FY1), your basic salary is £27,689. 

In year two this increases to £32,050. 

As a doctor in training you will earn a basic salary for 40 hours per week, plus pay for additional hours worked, 37% enhancement for nights, weekend allowance for weekend work, on call allowance and other possible pay premia. 

Specialty Training (ST1 – ST8) 

If you are a doctor starting your specialist training in 2019, your basic salary starts at £37,935 and can progress to £48,075.

As a doctor in training you will earn a basic salary for 40 hours per week, plus pay for additional hours worked, 37% enhancement for nights, weekend allowance for weekend work, on call allowance and other possible pay premia. 

Specialty doctors

Specialty doctors currently earn from £40,037 to £74,661 basic pay. 

The basic contract is for 40 hours

Consultants

Consultants currently earn from £79,860 to £107,668 basic pay.

As a consultant you can be paid for additional duties and may be eligible for Clinical Excellence Awards, which reward outstanding performance. The basic contract is for 40 hours per week.

If you take on extra responsibilities (i.e. management or education) you can also expect to be paid additional supplements. 

Pay and terms and conditions

Current national salary scales for medical and dental staff are published in pay and conditions circulars on the NHS Employers website.

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