Pay

Our guidance advises doctors in the UK on issues that may impact your pay including rises, information on your pay slip and claiming expenses.
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Junior doctors' pay scales

Pay scales for junior doctors in England

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in England.

Pay scales for junior doctors in Scotland

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Scotland.

Pay scales for junior doctors in Wales

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Wales.

Pay scales for junior doctors in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for junior doctors in training in Northern Ireland.

Consultants' pay scales

Pay scales for consultants in England

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in England.

Pay scales for consultants in Scotland

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Scotland.

Pay scales for consultants in Wales

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Wales.

Pay scales for consultants in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for NHS consultants in Northern Ireland.

Specialty and associate staff doctors' pay scales

Pay scales for SAS doctors in England

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in England.

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Scotland

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Scotland.

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Wales

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Wales.

Pay scales for SAS doctors in Northern Ireland

The basic pay scales for specialty and associate staff (SAS) doctors in Northern Ireland.

Other doctors' pay scales

Salaried GPs' pay ranges

Pay ranges for salaried GPs are set by the DDRB. See the ranges here.

Medical academics' pay scales

This guidance covers what medical academics should be paid, including protections for those trainees transferring to the 2016 pay scale and what pay premia and additional awards academics are entitled to.

Armed forces doctors' pay scales

Read about the latest pay agreement and recommended salaries for armed forces doctors.

Occupational physicians' pay scales

Doctors working as occupational physicians outside the NHS – both as employees and self-employed contractors – should earn at least as much as those in the NHS.

How doctors' pay is decided

Doctor's annual pay review from DDRB

Read our most recent submission to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration.

How NHS doctors’ pay is decided

How much doctors earn in the NHS is reviewed annually by the DDRB, which makes recommendations to the Government.

Review of the gender pay gap in medicine

DHSC commissioned an independent review of the gap between men’s and women’s earnings in medicine. It aims to pinpoint the causes of the gender pay gap, and how they can be addressed.

Consultant award schemes

Consultant award schemes and clinical excellence awards (CEA)

Consultants in England and Wales can apply for local and national CEAs (clinical excellence awards), and a BMA citation to support the application. In Wales, consultants can also receive commitment awards, while in Scotland, they can apply for discretionary points.

Clinical excellence awards (CEA) agreement negotiations

This guidance covers questions on the CEA agreement, including what it means if your employer has failed to run awards rounds in the past or if it will in the future. We also cover how it affects your pension.

Payslips

Understanding your payslip - junior doctors on the 2016 contract

There may be some terms on your payslip that are unfamiliar to you. Our sample junior doctor payslip explains all the different elements of pay that you might receive.

Understanding your payslip - junior doctors on the 2002 contract

Avoid the nasty surprise of getting underpaid by making sure your tax and pay details are correct from the beginning of your new job. Check your payslip.

Understanding the consultants' payslip

We navigate consultants' payslips, what it all means and what you need to look out for.

Understanding the consultants' payslip in Scotland

In this short guide, our goal is to demystify some of the entries on the consultant payslip, and also flag up the areas that you may need to look at more carefully.

Pay banding

How pay banding works

Pay banding affects how you are paid. Find out what pay band you should be as a flexible or full-time trainee junior doctor. Use our pay band calculator.

Rebanding for junior doctors

For junior doctors on the 2002 contract, rebanding takes place when employers change the banding of their post and rota. Employers must comply, pay should be protected, and trainees can appeal.

Expenses

Travel expenses for doctors

Claiming travel expenses can be very confusing as it may be unclear, particularly in England, which policy you should be following. We lay down the rates and your rights.

Expenses for junior doctors relocating for work

If you have to move home to further your junior doctor training or for the service, you may be eligible for relocation expenses. Find out what types of costs you can reclaim.