Typical NHS Doctor Salary in the UK

  • March 07, 2024

One of the most important questions to consider when searching for an NHS job as a doctor is, 'What salaries do doctors receive 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 doctor's 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 you 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 £32,398. 

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, your basic salary starts at £43,923 and can progress to £63,152.

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 £52,530 to £82,400 basic pay. 

The basic contract is for 40 hours.


Consultants currently earn from £93,666 to £126,281 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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A Welsh Health Board are looking to appoint an experienced consultant histopathologist to work in a joint clinical and educational supervisor to four innovative CESR Fellows, all FRCPath Histopathology holders. 

This is a unique opportunity to work in a developing initiative that will bring immense social good to the local the people of Wales. 

Short / mid / long-term ambitions for this role.

Short-term, there is the opportunity to work a close group of four international doctors, with specialist qualifications in histopathology including FRCPath. You\'ll have the opportunity to shape the careers of hungry pathologists ready to absorb all the knowledge and experience from an experienced NHS colleague like yourself.

Mid-term you\'ll be jointly responsible for the successful portfolio submissions for these individuals, helping the laboratory at Glangwili General Hospital to establish a newly qualified consultant team to provide stability and excellent pathological services for the patients of Wales, UK.

Long-term, the potential is enormous. As part of ‘A Regional Collaborative for Health’ or ARCH a regional hub for South and West Wales is being built in Swansea, to house a 30-35 consultant lead service for histopathology alone. Fully digitalised regional services for half the Welsh landmass would be provided via one central and digitalised hub. 

Life in the area

It\'s a beautiful life with Wales offering beaches, beautiful forest, lakes and mountains all available to you in your free-time. It\'s a low cost of living and a a bit of a dream for the right person. We can chat more about that over our call. 
93,666 - 126,281
IMG Connect are representing a Southern-based molecular oncology facility with a fully equipped laboratory, integrated process platforms, an in-house bioinformatics team, and a huge genetic database for precise and updated reporting.

The UK Lab is based in Surrey, and the facility is ISO 15189 accredited and ISO 27001 certified.

The department provides the latest technology and several years of extensive research offering highly effective treatment solutions to cancer patients for whom, multiple lines of treatment have failed.

The UK lab receives samples that are received from private practices around the UK, Europe and USA. 


With roughly two hours of work needed per day, mostly remote, with twice weekly attendance onsite likely required, the pathologists responsibilities will be along the lines of the below.
  • Authorisation of reports (molecular and tissue)
  • Sectioning slides / assessing tumour content - to help identify which sections can be used for processing samples.
  • Approving & signing reports.
    • Signing out molecular reports - training will be given.
    • Signing out solid organ cancer reports
    • Turnaround time is required within 24-hours. 
 Any successful candidate will be given a laptop and training to enable successful completion of the role.

  • GMC registration 
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Ability to travel twice per week to Surrey, UK.
  • FRCPath or Specialist Registration is not required for this post

We are currently looking for an experienced Clinical Oncologist, who works with both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments for a large acute hospital in the Midlands, England.

You\'d be joining a team of 8 clinical and 2 medical oncology consultants at the modern Oncology Centre (opened in mid 2010\'s), to help support and develop site-specific services in outpatient and chemotherapy as part of the development of the centre. 

There are 3 Elekta LINACS with VMAT and IGRT, using Mosaiq and Raystation for RT planning on site, along with 35 chemo day chairs used across 3 hospitals under this NHS trust.


  • FRCR Clinical Oncology or equivalent
  • Excellent english language skills
  • Extensive experience as a consultant oncologist (UK or overseas experience)

12 - 24 months fixed term (subject to be renewed)


  • Attractive salary and relocation package
  • Training and development opportunities
  • CESR support for those eligible
  • Tier 2 Health and Care Visa (sponsorship for the whole family)
  • Guidance regarding the CV and full interview preparation
  • Assistance regarding the GMC registration, visa, accommodation and transportation by an experienced onboarding specialist
  • Complete IMG Relocation service from start to finish of process

Locum Consultant

Specialty & Special Interests:
Clinical Oncology with primary interest in Gynaecological and Upper GI cancers

93,666 - 126,281

A unique opportunity awaits Histopathologists, especially Consultants, to join a dynamic team of 35 professionals at the Histopathology Department within a prestigious NHS Foundation Trust. Engaged in diverse diagnostic tasks, the department encourages research and teaching, offering a platform for career growth. This role is ideal for overseas Histopathologists interested in the UK NHS, with a focus on those specializing in the EEA or experienced IMGs aiming to fulfill CESR requirements.

The Histopathology Department boasts a skilled team of consultants and junior doctors, equipped with cutting-edge facilities for accurate diagnostics. Handling a wide range of cases annually, the department ensures timely and precise reports, contributing to patient care.

The department is part of an NHS Foundation Trust that is considered as a leading healthcare institution, emphasizes staff well-being, inclusivity, and equal opportunities. With 23,500 staff, the Trust is dedicated to creating a compassionate work environment where every team member can thrive. The commitment to inclusivity is deeply ingrained, driven by diverse staff networks and a Fairness Taskforce led by the CEO.

The career development opportunities at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust extend to research and development initiatives. Actively participating in regional and national research programs and clinical trials, the Trust supports staff in project planning and submission. This role presents a compelling prospect for experienced international histopathologists pursuing CESR and specialist registration in the UK NHS.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Histopathology (essential) 

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • FRCPath or PLAB (essential)

  • Experience of working for Histopathology (essential)

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Histopathology (essential)

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A compelling opportunity awaits a Consultant Histopathologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, renowned for its \"good\" overall rating by the CQC. This pivotal NHS job offers the chance to contribute significantly to pathology services within the Tees Valley Collaborative Service. Collaborating with a skilled team of 12 consultants, the role involves delivering a comprehensive cellular pathology reporting service to a diverse population across several towns, and totaling 1.6 million residents.

This role is particularly advantageous for overseas Consultant Histopathologists aspiring to establish themselves in the NHS. Suited for candidates with specialization in the European Economic Area (EEA) or experienced International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeking completion of the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR), it provides a unique pathway for professional growth.

The Histopathology Department at The James Cook University Hospital stands as a beacon of diagnostic excellence, equipped with a dedicated team of consultants and junior doctors. With a robust staffing quota, the department handles a diverse caseload, offering comprehensive care ranging from routine diagnostics to complex pathology. State-of-the-art facilities, including a modern operating suite with 20 theatres and a 33-bedded critical care unit, underscore the commitment to precision and cutting-edge diagnostics.

The department is part of an NHS Foundation Trust that oversees a diverse healthcare landscape, including their main hospitals that is a major teaching and trauma center with 1,024 beds, a 24-hour acute admissions unit, and an emergency department. The NHS Foundation Trust has another hospital, integral to community care, complements the trust\'s commitment to excellence across Middlesbrough and Northallerton.

The Trust\'s dedication to research and development is evident through active participation in regional and national research programs and clinical trials. The Research and Effectiveness department within the Trust facilitates project coordination, supporting innovation. A specialized member of the research staff brings expertise in managing the pathological aspects of clinical trials.

It is part of the Middlesbrough, the urban hub, offers residents a dynamic living experience with access to scenic parks, cultural attractions, quality schools, and Teesside University. Robust transportation links connect Middlesbrough locally and to major cities and airports. Housing options, from historic residences to modern developments, cater to diverse preferences, ensuring a vibrant urban lifestyle with green spaces and educational excellence.

This opportunity, tailor-made for experienced international histopathologists, aligns with the aspiration to achieve CESR and specialist registration within the UK NHS. It not only offers a stimulating professional environment but also serves as a gateway to making a meaningful impact on healthcare.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Histopathology (essential) 

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • FRCPath or PLAB (essential)

  • Experience of working for Histopathology (essential)

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Histopathology (essential)

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