National Average Income for Medical Doctors

A Glimpse into Doctor's Salary

A few days ago, I found some information regarding medical doctors’ annual salaries in province BC—read here.

Today I found a Canadian government site 🙂 that includes average MD yearly salaries for all provinces in Canada: British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (ON), Québec (QC), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

Like I said in previous article, ophthalmology is pretty darn good for the highest income nation-wide; however, it’s tough to get in. 🙁

Another note: doctors in Alberta seem to earn more than the rest of Canada.

Oh yea, one medical specialty to avoid….PSYCHIATRY?!?! The salaries aren’t as rewarding as other specialties. Could it be most Canadian are mentally healthier, less depressed than Americans? 😀

Canadian National Average Income for Medical Doctors
Year 2005-2006 salary (x $1,000)
Specialty NL PEI NS NB QC ON
Family Medicine 204 188 212 232 171 211
Medical Specialties 263 230 259 272 180 260
Internal Medicine 268 275 280 309 223 331
Neurology 279 n/a 320 216 177 249
Psychiatry 192 n/a 167 195 97 165
Pediatrics 198 95 239 237 151 204
Dermatology 340 n/a 509 414 261 307
Physical Medicine n/a n/a 237 153 116 185
Anesthesis 334 358 259 256 202 289
Surgical Specialties 375 344 404 393 274 365
General Surgery 304 322 355 367 265 344
Thoracic / Cardiovascular 458 n/a n/a 527 359 499
Urology 415 n/a 428 404 288 370
Orthopedic Surgery 528 341 344 342 234 332
Plastic Surgery 384 n/a 329 322 204 271
Neurosurgery n/a n/a 223 284 178 351
Ophthalmology 491 450 501 494 323 436
Otolaryngology 384 n/a 445 396 291 371
Obstetrics / Gynecology 276 320 352 362 277 363
Total Specialties 303 292 329 326 209 293
Total Physicians 247 223 254 275 190 252
To read more on Medical Specialist Salaries, especially the western provinces – the high earning group, as well as National Average across Canada,
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14 Responses to National Average Income for Medical Doctors

  1. pm taylor on 2014/08/19 at 4:19 pm

    We pay more to mps than our life savers ,after overhead and taxes. Get rid of some of the senate with all its perks and give more to the overworked doctors!!The prime minister along with university
    presidents also make more than doctors!

  2. Isle of Man on 2013/11/22 at 1:33 am

    Ophthalmology does pay extremely well. However it is pretty well impossible to get into unless you are part of the old boys network (I will endorse your son/daughter if you endorse mine) plus there are no jobs for recently finished residents as no one wants to retire from the profession leaving all that money behind.

    The fee schedule is based on the old way of cataract and other surgery (corneal transplant) that took hours instead of the minutes of today due to technological improvements (use of lazers etc.) What the prov governments must do is lower fees that reflect the decrease in surgical times which allows doctors to see more patients resulting in higher salaries from increased billings.

  3. dr.saeideh on 2012/02/13 at 11:50 pm

    Dear Agent
    It is written in your web site that the income for family physicians in Quebec is 171000 annualy .
    Is it the net salary or the taxe must be taken?
    thank u

  4. raphaella on 2011/10/13 at 2:59 am

    those salaries are without overhead, im 99% sure. Im a PGY-2 resident in psychiatry(i.e. 2nd year). Psychiatry has a small overhead, fam doctors have more overhead, for instance.
    other remarks: ER medicine is also a sub specialty on its own (5 years residency), one year fellowship after fam med is just another option, basically confined to work in community hospitals, never academic ones, and unlikely to be in a big city.
    -how come in Quebec, the salaries are lower question. Answer: in Quebec, all physician salaries are lower. Specialists were on strike abou this in 2006. Didn’t fix the situation at all. It’s a disgrace and it sucks.

    • wes on 2011/10/14 at 2:19 am

      Bear in mind….it costs far far less to attend a university/college in Quebec.

      So, if those doctors in Quebec enjoyed low tuition to start with, then they shouldn’t complain about low salaries, either. You start low, then finish low.

    • Bob on 2011/11/01 at 10:49 pm

      Why does Quebec pay less? These numbers are several times what doctors in France, Germany and Japan make.

      Doctors salaries in English Canada are driven up the our proximity to the USA, common language and largely common popular culture.

      I suppose Quebecers have less in common with the USA so this income inflating effect is less.

      It works the other way too, Quebec houses cost a lot less than in other successful cities in Canada, probably because of the lack of prosperous immigrants driving up prices.

    • Annie on 2011/12/14 at 6:56 pm

      Would you mind explaining the difference in salary if I were to practice psychiatry or psychology in Canada (Anywhere really, Ontario, B.C..)? Is it worth going the extra step and doing psychiatry or should I stick to psychology, because I prefer focusing on the behavioral rather than biological aspects of humans?

    • Jarrod on 2012/07/29 at 5:30 pm

      The 2+1 emergency route does not “confine” anyone to any particular setting. Many of my colleagues are working in level 1 trauma academic centers in large cities with these credentials as did I for a while.

  5. med rules on 2011/05/21 at 2:26 am

    These are gross physician billings. You need to deduct overhead expenses which range from 30-50% to get the actual “income”.

  6. Konstantin on 2011/04/10 at 8:06 pm

    Interesting note: Neurosurgeons in Nova Scotia and Quebec make MUCH less than everywhere else. I wonder why?

  7. medstudent on 2011/03/23 at 5:25 pm

    these are all gross billings. From this take away overhead expenses, then take away taxes, and youll be looking at what the docs take home in their pockets. overhead typically ranges from 25-40%. As a good guesstimate, cut in half the number you see, and thats probably close to what they take home.

  8. Karen on 2010/05/21 at 3:45 pm

    Can you please post a link to the health canada report cited?


  9. Curious on 2010/02/26 at 10:30 am

    Nothing about Emergency Medicine ? It’s a 1 year subspecialty of Family Medicine (generally).

  10. Superstar on 2009/06/21 at 2:54 pm

    Are those net incomes or gross incomes? I wonder what the average overhead expenses are in each specialty.

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