In the United States, gynecologists have average salaries of $234,310 per year. Gynecologists in Canada take home about C$128,579 ($100,548) annually. Those in the United Kingdom are part of a group that makes around £49,132 ($65,078), while gynecologists in Australia earn approximately AU$140,000 ($105,770). Specialists working in New Zealand earn between NZ$70,000 ($47,778) and NZ$600,000 ($409,530) per year. In this article, we will look at the factors that determine a gynecologist salary.
How Much Does a Gynecologist Make?
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Gynecologist Salary Determinant Factors
The pay of gynecologists depends significantly on experience and the country of practice. Certain countries have universal, single-payer healthcare systems. In these countries, government agencies generally determine pay based on experience or performance. Salaried gynecologists in Australia are guaranteed minimum pay set by the country’s Fair Work Commission.
1. How Much Does a Gynecologist Make by State?
Gynecologist Salary in the US
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, gynecologists and obstetricians as a group earn an average of $234,310 per year. Those in the top half of earners make above $187,200 per year. The highest employment levels for gynecologists working in the US are registered in California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Ohio. The highest salaries for this profession are West Virginia, South Dakota, Nevada, Indiana, and Idaho.
Gynecologist Salary in Canada
The Canadian Medical Association states that gynecologists and obstetricians grossed an average of C$416,142 in 2013-2014. According to the Canadian Government, pay for specialist physicians in Canada range from C$46,252 to C$376,461, with a median salary of C$128,579.
Gynecologist Salary in the UK
Gynecologists are deemed to be specialty doctors in the United Kingdom. According to the National Careers Service, the pay for specialty doctors overall ranges between £37,500 and £70,000 per year. In the National Health Service, basic salaries run from £37,547 to £70,018 on an annual basis. Payscale reports the average for the UK at £49,132 per year and the salary range from £21,447 to £244,679 per year.
Gynecologist Salary in Australia
According to PayScale, gynecologists in Australia earn on average AU$140,000 per year. However, the whole salary range is from AU$77,566 to AU$312,086 per year depending on location, experience, industry, and so on. Interestingly, 40% of the gynecologists working in Australia have 4 years of experience or less.
Gynecologist Salary in New Zealand
Careers.govt.nz mentions gynecologists or obstetricians working in New Zealand generally make between NZD$70,000 and NZD$600,000 per year.
2. How Much Does a Gynecologist Make According to Experience?
According to PayScale, gynecologists with less than five years experience in the United States have median salaries of $187,000 per year. Median salaries for those with 10 to 20 years experience stood at $204,000 per year.
Specialty doctors in the United Kingdom earn from £26,350 to £45,750 as trainees. Upon reaching the “Experienced” category, specialty doctors are paid generally between £37,500 and £70,000. “Highly experienced” gynecologists can obtain the “Consultant” title and make from £76,000 to £102,500 per year.
In New Zealand, trainees in the gynecologist specialty usually earn between NZ$70,000 and NZ$175,000. Senior gynecologists and obstetricians start at NZ$151,000 and reach salaries as high as NZ$600,000 per year.
3. How Much Does a Gynecologist Make According to Work Environment?
As a rule of thumb, gynecologists can find higher pay in private practices and privately-owned or run hospitals.
In the United States, gynecologists who worked in physicians’ offices, often as private practitioners, were the highest paid by sector. Their average pay is $226,290, as of May 2015. Those in outpatient care centers ranked second, at $224,630 per year, followed by gynecologists in hospitals at $204,610. The average salary for gynecologists in colleges and universities earned on average $112,010.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, one-half of Canadian gynecologists worked in private offices and clinics in 2014. Gynecologists in these settings typically make more than those with public sector employers.
The practice of gynecology is a full-time occupation. For instance, the Canadian Medical Association reports that gynecologists and obstetricians logged on average 48.6 hours per week in 2014.
Shifts depend upon the work setting. Gynecologists who work in physicians’ offices usually keep traditional weekday hours. However, as these specialists may perform surgeries in hospitals, they may work early morning or late evening hours, or even weekends. Those who work on hospital staffs may have long work periods at a single time and can expect irregular hours and days. Further, gynecologists spend time on call and may need to perform emergency surgery or urgent treatment.
Bonuses and Benefits
PayScale reports bonuses for gynecologists in the United States range from $2,980 to $70,469. In Canada, gynecologists may earn bonuses for working in rural, low-income or other areas where these specialists may be in high demand or short supply.
Retirement, pension and other benefits for gynecologists in the United States and Canada are generally set by the employer. For gynecologists who work for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, the right to pension benefits starts at age of 55. Salaried gynecologists in Australia and New Zealand obtain employer contributions for retirement through superannuation. Further, employment laws in Australia and New Zealand entitle gynecologists to paid annual leave each year.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States should rise by 18 percent, which translates to 4,300 new jobs in this field, by 2024. The Australian government projects 5,000 or fewer job openings for “Other Medical Practitioners,” which includes gynecologists, through November 2019. Job growth is projected to be “very strong” through November 2020. As of November 2015, Australia had 17,200 “Other Medical Practitioners.”
The New Zealand government classifies job opportunities for budding gynecologists and obstetricians as “good” due to the increased shortages in New Zealand.
Demand for women’s health care should steer growth for gynecology practitioners. The U.S. National Institutes of Health projects a six percent rise in the demand in the United States for women’s healthcare. Increased access to health care, especially through the availability of health insurance, should increase demand for gynecologists’ services.
Job prospects for gynecologists should track the demand for women’s health care services. Salaries will depend upon the practitioner’s experience and the type of employer. Those who work in private practices or in privately-run or owned hospitals likely earn more than those in the public sector. Also, on average, gynecologists tend to earn less in countries with a single-payer health system than those with multiple third-party payers.
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