Remuneration of health professionals

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 36 OECD member countries for the following indicators related to remuneration of health professionals:

  • remuneration of general practitioners
  • remuneration of specialists
  • remuneration of hospital nurses.

Key findings

In 2017 (or based on the latest year of data):

  • for self-employed general practitioners, Australia had the lowest income per average wage among 15 OECD countries (1.9). The highest income per average wage for self-employed general practitioners was in Germany, at 4.4 times the average wage
  • for self-employed specialists, the income per average wage in Australia was 3rd lowest among 12 OECD countries, at 3.8 times greater than the average wage. In monetary terms, this wage was also lower than the OECD average income for self-employed specialists, at around $US206,000 per year (adjusted for purchasing power parity). The highest specialist income relative to average wage for self-employed specialists was in Luxembourg, at 6 times the average wage
  • salaried hospital nurses in Australia earned the 5th highest annual income among 31 OECD countries, at around $US65,000 (adjusted for purchasing power parity).