Earnings calculator

Use this simple earnings calculator to estimate your potential earning capacity as a fellowed general practitioner. Move the sliding scales up and down according to how many patients you would like to see per hour, the number of clinical sessions you would like to do per week, and the amount of after-hours work you're willing to undertake. In the right-hand column, you'll see a description of what's considered average for an Australian GP, and a guide to what you could expect to see in your pay packet. Use the sliding scales to see the impact that different numbers of patients, types of billing and hours worked by a GP will have on their earnings. The calculator provides a guide to earnings potential, the basis on which it works is described below









  What you can earn
The earnings results for your selections are indicative for a GP working as a contractor in each type of practice.
Rural and remote with procedural
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Regional with procedural
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Outer Metro with minor procedural
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Urban with minor procedural
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Urban with no procedures
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About the calculator

This earnings calculator is a general guide providing a broad overview of earning potential of a fellowed GP. While care has been taken to give an accurate picture of earning capacity it is not a definitive tool. Due to the depth and breadth of general practice it is impossible to provide a tool which will cover all possible scenarios. This tool assumes that the GP is working as a contractor for a practice and is not an employee, practice owner or partner. This tool has been reviewed by multiple professionals within the sector including GP registrars, GPs, regional training providers and their staff, practice managers, and rural workforce agencies. They have commented positively on the general accuracy and structure of the tool. For earnings information relating to registrars, GPRA conducts a benchmarking survey about every two years. More information and the results of the latest benchmarking survey can be found here. For the purpose of the calculations the following guidelines have been used:
  • A standard Level B consult has been used as the basis of for the calculation on the number of patients seen per hour. Level B consults are less than 20 minutes and currently attract the rate of $34.90 per consult.
  • The length of a clinical session varies by location, but has been defined as being between 3.5 and 4 hours duration, or as some people say, 'before lunch and after lunch. Four hours has been used as the basis of calculation in the calculator.
  • Practices are free to decide how much they charge patients and some may bulk bill all patients or only pensioners and students. For example, a 100% of bulk billing would indicate that all level B consults are being charged at $34.30 for the purpose of this calculator. The private billing rate can be set at any point, but would typically be between $40 and $80 for a standard level B consult.
  • The % of billings you earn is negotiable between the practice and the GP. A range of 55% - 65% is most common.
  • After-hours rates can be quite variable and sometimes include payments for being on-call without actually seeing patients. The assumption here is hours with actual patient consults and these are normally remunerated at a higher rate. A standard Level B is used as an approximation, plus the percentage of billing would usually be higher than normal earnings.
  • As the calculator assumes GPs are working as contractors, there are no earnings when on leave.
  • The calculation method so far, does not take into account the variety of specialist procedural work routinely undertaken by GPs as part of their day to day practice. These procedural activities and some practice locations tend to increase earnings significantly.
GPRA advises that the earnings produced by the calculator should only be regarded as an indication of potential earnings. GPRA does not accept any responsibility for actual differences in practice.