Remuneration of health professionals

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 37 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 2019 (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 (1.8 times the average wage). 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 third lowest among 12 OECD countries, at 3.7 times the average wage. In monetary terms, this wage was also lower than the OECD average income for self-employed specialists, at around $US209,000 per year (adjusted for purchasing power parity). The highest specialist income relative to average wage for self-employed specialists was in Luxembourg, at 5.9 times the average wage
  • salaried hospital nurses in Australia earned the 6th highest annual income among 32 OECD countries, at around $US69,000 (adjusted for purchasing power parity).


This figure compares remuneration of health professionals across OECD countries in 2019 or nearest year. The highest salaried income in $US (adjusted for purchasing power parity) for hospital nurses was in Luxembourg (around $US114,000) and lowest in Latvia (US$17,000). In Australia, this was $US69,000, above the OECD average of US$52,000.