GP salaries across the UK

Doctors in training have a variety of options concerning how they will use their medical qualification. Those opting for general practice will find that GP salaries can vary considerably, depending on where in the UK they choose to set up in practice. The amount of hours worked will also have an effect on their scales of pay.

Rewards in practice

Although their levels of training and medical qualifications may be identical, doctors can find that GP salaries vary considerably according to where they are in the UK.

Although there are localised exceptions to the rule, in general, doctors working in the south-east receive the highest salaries, while those in the north or in Scotland are at the lower end of the salary spectrum.

Many GPs are treated as self-employed professionals who are contracted to a practice or to a primary care trust. Practices vary in the range of services and facilities they can offer to patients and the way the practice operates, so salaries can be considerably different for GPs, even in the same town or city.

Primary care trust direct salaries are detailed by the NHS on their website. Figures for 2011 ranged from £53,781 to £81,158 a year As well as varying according to location, these salaries fluctuated depending on length of service, special experience and qualifications.

In many cases, doctors are able to supplement GP salaries by working evenings and weekends. Budget restrictions mean that extra hours have been reduced, but in some cases these bonuses can form a substantial percentage of a GP's take-home pay.

6-figure salaries

Although the popular conception is that general practice is a less-lucrative option for the medical profession than a specialist consultancy, GP salaries can be among the highest in the NHS. Certainly it is not uncommon for a GP, especially in the south-east, to earn a salary that is well into 6 figures.

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