Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Anesthesia Salaries Around The World

How much money do anesthesiologists make outside the United States? A site called Salary Voice has the answer. At least for English speaking countries. Just for reference, Medscape's Physician Compensation report for 2016 says that anesthesiologists in the U.S. earned about $360,000 in their latest survey. We ranked number seven among all physicians behind highly paid (overpaid?) fields like dermatology and gastroenterology.

According to Salary Voice, anesthesiologists in the U.K. can expect after one year of service to make £199,828 or about $289,000. After ten years, British anesthesiologists will probably make in excess of £234,265 or $338,000.

In Canada, anesthesiologists' salaries range from 95,094 CAD to 171,258 CAD or $74,000 to $133,000. Australian anesthesiologists earn between AUD$100,000 to AUD$197,527 or $74,000 to $145,000.

Seems like being an anesthesiologist in the U.K. is the way to go. Their salaries are similar to American anesthesiologists without having to deal with all the medical malpractice liabilities that pervasively overhangs everything we do. Plus you get to speak with the impeccably proper and respected British accent.


  1. I'm in Australia, and I can tell you the salaries reported above are most likely for registrars (AKA residents in American terminology), not for consultants (AKA attendings). Staff specialists in Australia start from about $300,000 per year (up to $400,000) in most capital cities (e.g. Sydney, Melbourne). Registrars (first year) start from $100,000+.

    Anecdotally, UK salaries likely inflated, from colleagues in UK. Especially with the recent strikes in UK.

    1. Is that US$ or AU$? $100,000 is a fabulous salary for any resident here in the US. I made a fifth of that my intern year. Your salary as an attending sounds very tempting too. Especially if you're able to live in the terrific urban areas like Sydney.

    2. Sorry forgot to say it's in Australian dollars, not US, so exchange rate could be poor. But purchasing power within Australia still heaps. $100,000 is about minimum for a registrar, doesn't include additional pay such as if you work more hours than you're rostered (i.e. overtime), holiday pay, weekends and nights. All those are on top of the base $100,000.

      Likewise $300,000 is the base starting salary for staff specialists (consultants AKA attendings working for a hospital). That's for about 40 ish hours per week. The $300,000 is not inclusive of overtime etc.

      Yep I'm in Sydney and that's a typical salary for a staff specialist in anaesthetics in a Sydney hospital (e.g. Royal Prince Alfred or RPA, Royal North Shore, Westmead, Concord).

  2. Yea australia 'residents' make 6 figures. attendings make comparable to ones in US, maybe a bit less, but they also work shorter hours

  3. I work in Canada, and those numbers are not anywhere close to correct. My province in particular is among the lowest paid in Canada, and the average salary is $350,000. In the higher paid provinces, you're looking at upwards of $500,000 for some. Not sure where they're getting their numbers! Maybe including residents and anesthesia assistants? Even family doctors typically make more than the range they've given for anesthesia.

  4. I couldn't find on that website where they got their figures for international salaries. I'm glad our Canadian colleagues are doing so well, especially when we in the US hear that Canadian doctors take months off from work because the government will only pay for a certain amount of work each year. Who says socialized medicine will be the death of the American physician? Sounds like that's the way to go!

  5. Anaesthetics in Australia (private) easily over $500. An older mate is near $1 million per year, some years better than others. He does mostly cardiothoracics.