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GP Salary Australia

At Aster Medical, we specialise in sourcing and filling GP jobs right across Australia.

GPs earn a higher average income than most non-medical professionals including lawyers, architects, engineers and accountants.

The annual income you can expect to earn as a GP ranges between AUD $200,000 -$300,000, depending your contract details. These figures can increase depending on:

  • Location of the practice
  • Type of work undertaken
  • Extra or after hours you work
  • Ratio of private or bulk billing
  • Hospital work
  • Status as practice owner, employee or contractor
  • Your VR status

Your average GP salary is a matter of negotiation and usually ranges between 55-65% of individual billings. The rate of percentage you will be offered will mainly depend on you VR status. Most GPs are being paid as independent contractors, yet you can also opt for an arrangement as an employee with a fixed salary.

See below for information how GP’s earning compare to hospital doctors. Please note that a doctor and GP salary in Australia can vary slightly from state to state and the table below should be used as a guide to what you can expect in terms of remuneration from a position.

Average salary of a doctor or GP in Australia

Seniority Approximate Basic Salary (Australian $) Estimated Salary after average overtime (Australian $) Grossed up pay with salary packaging (Australian $)
Resident/SHO 60,000 – 75000 70,000 – 90,000 80,000 – 105,000
Registrar 75,000 – 110,000 90,000 – 130,000 105,000 – 150,000
General Practitioner 150,000 – 350,000 175,000 – 400,000 Not Applicable
Consultant (Specialist) 175,000 – 350,000 200,000 – 400,000 230,000 – 500,000

Basic salary is based on a working week of 38 hours – anything after this will be paid at penalty rates (usually double-pay).

Please note that after overtime and on-call work have been taken into account, these salaries will be approximately 15-25% higher.

Salary packaging in Australia

Salary packaging is a perk available to all public hospital employees in Australia. It’s a tax-minimisation system allowing you to receive up to 30% of your salary as tax-free.

The system involves “sacrificing” a portion of your salary and then claiming it back tax free, through your spending on items such as:

  • Computers
  • Mortgage or rent
  • Petrol expenses
  • Household utility bills

Upon showing the receipts for these items, you can receive your income to the value of these receipts free of tax.

Tax rates

Taxable Income (Australian$) Tax Payable (Australian$)
0 – 18.200 Nil
18,201 – 37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
37,001 – 80,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
80,001 – 180,000 $17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000
180,001+ $54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

Work opportunities for your partner

Australia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world; the unemployment rate in Australia was 6% in June of 2014. To explore listings for general practitioner jobs across Australia and New Zealand, start exploring our online listings and contact us on 1300 767 473 today!

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