GPs income stays static

Published on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:49
Posted by Scott Buckler

Income before tax for UK GPs, remained almost static in 2009/10 compared to the previous year, NHS Information figures show today

Contractor GPs (who form the majority of the GP workforce) earned an average income before tax of £105,700 in 2009/10, according to today's report; GP Earnings and Expenses 2009/10. The average income before tax was £105,300 in 2008/09 and £106,100 in 2007/08; down from a peak of £110,000 in 2005/06.

The report considers the earnings and expenses of full and part-time GPs, and covers both their NHS and private income.

It also estimates that almost 41 per cent (13,410) of GPs earned at least £50,000 but less than £100,000 in 2009/10, while just below 40 per cent (13,180) earned at least £100,000 but less than £150,000. Nearly 10 per cent (3,280) earned at least £150,000 but less than £200,000. This is similar to 2008/09.

At either end of the spectrum; 6.9 per cent of contractor GPs (2,280; compared to 2,310 in 2008/09 and 2,320 in 2007/08) earned less than £50,000, while 2.7 per cent (890; compared to 950 or 2.8 per cent in 2008/09 and 910 or 2.7 per cent in 2007/08) earned at least £200,000.

In the different UK countries, contractor GPs earned on average the following before tax in 2009/10:

£109,400 in England; compared to £109,600 in 2008/09 and £110,100 in 2007/08.
£89,500 in Scotland; compared to £86,500 in 2008/09 and £87,400 in 2007/08.
£93,500 in Wales; compared to £90,700 in 2008/09 and £93,400 in 2007/08.
£91,400 in Northern Ireland; compared to £89,700 in 2008/09 and £91,100 in 2007/08.

For salaried GPs, the UK average income before tax in 2009/10 was £58,000, compared to £57,300 in 2008/09 and £55,800 in 2007/08.

The report has been agreed by the Technical Steering Committee which includes representatives from the four UK health departments, NHS Employers and the British Medical Association. It also provides information by contract type, practice size, Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and rurality.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our report shows that, on average, a GP working in the UK earned roughly the same pay before tax in 2009/10 as they did in the previous year.

”If we consider GP earnings over time; the average pay for a contractor GP at present is a decrease on the peak of £110,000 in 2005/06”


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