General Physician Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The general physician job includes the following responsibilities: (i) conducts medical examinations (incl. X-ray) and makes diagnoses; (ii) prescribes and/or administers medicines or minor surgery; (iii) keeps records of patients; (iv) advises expectant mothers during pregnancy; (v) advises patients on regimen to maintain or restore health; (vi) consults specialists or other physicians as necessary [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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General Physician Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
U.S. average salary PPP $ 8,189 $ 8,189 Family and general practitioners, standardized hours (2,080 hours/year), 2005. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 11,698 dollars 30%
Taiwan average income PPP $ 5,388 $ 2,885 Full-time and part-time employees, 2004. National Statistics Republic of China, [9]. 112,658 dollars 17% 40.5
UK median salary PPP $ 5,210 $ 6,045 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 5,106 pounds 35% 40.0
Japan average salary PPP $ 4,594 $ 5,401 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Men only. Private establishments with 10 or more regular employees. Japan Statistical Yearbook [17], [k]. 761,000 yens 22%
Australia average income PPP $ 4,164 $ 4,087 Average of dentist and general physician, May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 7,480 dollars 28% 44.4
Singapore average salary PPP $ 3,843 $ 3,523 Employees, private sector, 2004. Ministry of Manpower, [9], [t]. 7,607 dollars 24%
France median salary PPP $ 3,620 $ 2,843 Médecins et assimilés, full-time employees, 2002. Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques, [36]. 2,770 euros 0%
Finland average salary PPP $ 3,177 $ 3,794 Normal hours of work, 2004. Men only. Women make 4,347 euros per month. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 5,107 euros 42% 38.0
Italy average salary PPP $ 3,051 $ 3,294 Normal hours of work, 2005. Average of general physician and dentist, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 4,336 euros 39% 38.0
Thailand average salary PPP $ 2,936 $ 937 Men employees, 2005. Women make 25,130 bahts per month. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 41,358 bahts 9% 52.0
Kuwait average income PPP $ 2,371 $ 2,960 Men employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 845 dinars 0% 49.0
Portugal average salary PPP $ 1,984 $ 1,591 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 1,720 euros 23% 36.3
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 1,471 $ 961 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 32,349 korunas 29% 40.2
Romania average salary PPP $ 838 $ 430 Men employees, 2005. Women make 1,284 new lei per month. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 1,771 new lei 30% 38.8
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[17]   Japan Statistical Yearbook, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2006.
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