Anaesthetist Pay

How much do anaesthetists make in Australia in 2022?

Like most lines of work, there is a lot of variability. It depends on the type of work you do, how much of it you do, and where you do it. Let’s break it down by the type of work:

Public

A full-time public anaesthetist will typically earn about $300,000 to $450,000 per year, including on-call. The hourly pay for regular in-hours work is around $150-$200 per hour. While specifics vary by state/territory, there are typically CME (Continuing Medical Education) allowances that can be used for courses, conferences, and other work-related expenses; and also paid non-clinical time to work on research, teaching, audits, committees, etc.

Private

Pay will vary widely based on billing practices – particularly the type of lists you do and your unit value. At the low end, some will earn similar to public anaesthetists. Most will be closer to $600,000 to $800,000 per year, with some exceeding $1m. Importantly, this does not (usually) include any leave (e.g. sick leave, annual leave, long service leave) and generally requires payment (e.g. ~4% of billings) for billing services. Hourly rate works out to about $400-1,000 per hour. Read more in our page about Anaesthesia Private Practice & RVG Units.

Locum

Locum pay rates vary depending on the location, required work (particularly whether after-hours on-call is included) and urgency. The lowest is $2,000 per day and some will pay up to $3,500 to $4,000 per day.

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