What is the average pay scale of medical doctors in Germany?
The average starting salary for medical graduates in Germany is higher than in any other field of study and currently lies at around €49,000 a year.
There are so many factors play a role in determining the pay scale of doctors There are four different kinds of hospitals in Germany, depending on who operates them university hospitals, community hospitals, private hospitals, and hospitals operated by a church or religious organization. In the first year of employment, there is no much difference in their salary structures. Doctors will roughly get 4,000 Euro/month in their first year, and after 3-5 years this can grow to more than 5,000 Euro/month before tax. With additional training towards a specialist (Facharzt), a doctor can start in a university hospital at around 5,600 Euro/month, increasing to a maximum of less than 7,000 Euro/month in 12 years
The average monthly salary of all professions in Germany is less than 3,500 Euro before tax. However, there are differences between east/west Germany and male/female. In the first year, the new doctors will earn less than twice the average national salary in a hospital but need to work many more hours.
Tax and other deductions are traditionally very high in Germany (approximately 40%). To give an idea, if you have an annual salary of 41,000 Euro, you will earn about 2,000 Euro/month after tax and other deductions.
Note that in Germany, only head physicians can negotiate their salaries. About 40% of head physicians earn between 125,000 and 400,000 Euro/year on average. They can make more money if they are allowed to have privately insured patients.
So doctors in Germany on average, are paid more than graduates of any other academic discipline.