How much do doctors get paid in United Arab Emirates?

Region faced a shortage of doctors that translated into bigger pay cheques

According to figures released by the Saudi German Hospital-Dubai, the industry in the country faces a shortage of doctors and the number could go up to 12,920 by 2014. Going back to the basics of demand and supply, this translates into bigger salary and pay packages for doctors in the UAE.

Last year’s figures of Hays, showed average salary of a starting General Practitioner to be between Dh18,000 and Dh30,000 with housing and transport allowance.
But this year, the salary of this category of professionals has gone up to Dh25,000–30,000. This means a General Practitioner working in UAE got a hike of more than 35 percent.
A recruitment expert told ‘Emirates24|7’ that ”According to the input of UAE medical practitioners on our online remuneration bench-marking platform, associate specialists receive an average of up to Dh10,420, medical consultants receive an average of up to Dh39,560 and general practitioners receive an average of up to Dh26,236.”
He added on the condition of anonymity that ”However, salaries vary largely from one institution to another and also according to the academic and professional background of the person in question as salaries of doctors particularly depend to a very large extent on the certificates and the higher degrees they hold, in addition to their years of experience in the field and their specific areas of specialty and expertise.”

Below are the average salaries of healthcare professionals in the UAE. This varies to a large extent by company/hospital, academic and professional background, certificates and the higher degrees and the years of experience in the field and the areas of specialty and expertise

POSITIONAverage Salary 2012Salary 2011      Benefits
Starting GP25–30K  18-30kHousing, tickets and transport allowance
General Practitioner30–40K  25-35kHousing, tickets and transport allowance
Specialist (B) Doctor35–50K  35-50kHousing, tickets and transport allowance
Specialist (A) Doctor40–60K  40-60kHousing, tickets and transport allowance
Consultant (B) Doctor55–80k  50-70kHousing, tickets, transport/hospital  accom
Consultant (A) Doctor73–95k Profit share  60-90kHousing, tickets, transport/hospital  accom
CEO, Large Hospital (1)70–80K Yearly bonus  70–80kHousing,tickets, transport/hospital  accom
CEO, Large Hospital (2)90–100K Yearly bonus  90-100kChildren’s education (3 children)
CEO, Large Hospital (3)100–150K yearly bonus 100–150kHousing,tickets, transport/hospital  accom
CEO (1)70–80K Yearly bonus  70-80kChildren’s education (3 children)
CEO (2)90–100K Yearly bonus  90-100kHousing, tickets, transport/hospital  accom
CEO (3)100–150 K Yearly bonus  100-150kChildren’s education (3 children)

Job description

Starting GP: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college and who have fulfilled the internship year and have experience for less than (5) years. (National physician is exempted from the condition of experience).
General Practitioner: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college and who have completed (5) years experience after the internship year.
Specialist (B) Doctor: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college together with a diploma or its equivalent, the study of which is not less than (12) months, and who have experience not less than (3) years after the diploma.
Specialist (A) Doctor: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college together with a master degree or its equivalent, the study of which is not less than (24) months, and who have experience not less than (3) years after the master.
Consultant (B) Doctor: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college together with Ph.D., fellowship or membership of one or more world recognized medical colleges or its equivalent and who have experience not less than (5) years after obtaining the highest qualification.
Consultant (A) Doctor: Physicians who hold the basic medicine degree from a recognized university or college together with Ph.D., fellowship or membership of one or more world recognized medical colleges or an equivalent or those who have a professor rank in the specialty field and experience not less than (10) years after obtaining the highest qualification.
CEO of Large Hospital or Medical facility (1) – Between 10 – 15 operational units and head count of 500 or less, and with 5 – 10 years experience.
CEO of Large Hospital or Medical facility (2) – Between 15 – 20 operational units + staff head count of more than 500 and less than 1000, and with 8 – 10 years experience.
CEO of Large Hospital or Medical facility (3) – More than 30 operational units + staff head count of more than a 1000, and with 15 years experience and more.
CEO (1): Running clinics for low to medium demographics, in charge of small diagnostic centres’ and/or small hospital across GCC. Between 10- 15 operational units and head count of 500 or less, with 5 – 10 years experience.
CEO (2): Running clinics for low, medium and high demographics along with small to medium diagnostic centres and/or small hospital across GCC. Between 15 – 20 operational units + staff head count of more than 500 – 800 and less than 1000, with 10 – 15 years experience.
CEO (3): Running clinics for high demographics along with medium to large diagnostic centres across GCC. More than 30 operational units + staff head count of more than a 1000, and with 15 – 20 years experience and more .
Source: Hays Group
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