Which Are The Highest Paying Jobs For Doctors?
No one said becoming a doctor was easy. But with a little perseverance, you could one day be earning big money in some of the industry’s top medical jobs.
Whether you’re a medical student fresh out of university or a more experienced junior doctor, looking to move into a specialist role, you’re probably wondering where the money lies. Whilst many doctors don’t earn six figure salaries, there are plenty of opportunities to line your pockets and Jobs4Medical has listed the top five medical professions available to trained staff in the UK.
5. Doctor Of Haematology
A haematologist deals with blood related illnesses, such as lymphoma and leukemia. A doctor working in haematology is generally responsible for overseeing blood transfusions, diagnosing blood and bone marrow disorders and helping to treat any chronic conditions.
At first, an NHS hematologist can expect to earn similar wages to other adult staff, but there is a huge margin for progression. Doctors at the top of their field can earn £98,000 a year, with some locum consultants earning well into six figures.
4. Doctor of Dermatology
Dermatologists specialise in malformations of the skin, with subspecialties including eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer. They can also expect to oversee skin surgery procedures during their working week and are often consulted by other consultants in the medical team.
Many dermatologists start off as junior doctors and work their way up to consultancy level. For most, this is a very linear progression, as aspiring dermatologist are able to apply for consultancy jobs six months before the end of their training. The standard salary for a consultant in the NHS is between £75,249 and £101,451 per year - though those working in private practises could earn even more.
3. Doctor Of Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology is the study of the stomach and intestines and any medical conditions that might affect these organs. On a day to day basis, doctors specialising in this field can expect to deal with endoscopic procedures and manage the diagnosis and aftercare of all gastroenterology patients.
The pay scale for gastroenterologists is similar to that of dermatologists and varies considerably with age. Whilst recently qualified consultants can expect to earn around £82,000 a year, those with more experience will earn over £100,000 and those who are well established in their field can bring home up to £127,000.
2. Doctor Of Cardiology
As a cardiologist you are responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating cardiac diseases and other conditions of the heart and blood vessels. For such an intricate job further specialism is needed and fully trained doctors can expect a higher pay grade than their fellow consultants.
The average annual salary for a cardiologist is £113,000, with those at the top of their profession earning as much as £142,000 a year. Since invasive cardiology is a much more delicate form of treatment, consultants specialising in this field tend to be in the top 10% of all earners.
1. Doctor Of Orthopaedics
Orthopaedic surgeons can obtain some of the highest wages in medicine due to the nature of their profession. Orthopaedics tends to be split into two aspects of work: trauma and congenital and degenerative conditions. Surgeons handling trauma will deal with general damage to muscle and bones, such as fractures and dislocations. For those treating degenerative conditions the focus is more on irrecoverable damage to the musculoskeletal system caused by long term tumours or infections.
Both of these areas require highly skilled professionals, so doctors at the top of their game will bring home a salary in the region of £142,000. However, the most sought after surgeons, who usually work as locums, could earn more than twice this amount for consistently high standards of work.
Whilst specialist medical training can take many years to complete, these wage packets show that there are clear benefits to working towards high skilled jobs in the medical sector. If you’re a qualified doctor looking to advance their career in medicine, then why not contact Jobs4Medical today and let us guide you through the jobseeking process. For more information give us a call on 01256 336632 or get in touch via our contact page.