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Consultants

Consultants in the UK will earn a basic salary of between £76,761 and £103,490 per year in England, between £78,304 and £105,570 in Scotland, between £74,393 and £96,583 in Wales, and between £76,601 and £102,466 in Northern Ireland.


Basic Salaries

A consultant’s basic salary varies depending on the length of time served. Their salaries may increase further if they take on managerial responsibilities, or additional work such as teaching. In addition to their basic salary, they may also receive Clinical Excellence Awards on a local or national level – if they demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the profession.

Outside of the regular NHS pay scale, many doctors supplement their income by working privately outside of their contracted hours.

England

Consultants in England are employed on one of two contracts – the 2003 version, or the pre-2003 contract.

2003 Contract

Threshold£ per annum
176,761
279,165
381,568
483,972
5 86,369
692,078
797,787
8 103,490

Threshold 5 represents between four and eight years’ experience as a consultant, threshold 6 represents between nine and 13 years, threshold 7 between 14 and 18, and threshold 8 more than 19 years.

Pre-2003 Contract

Level£ per annum
Basic63,733
168,293
272,855
377,415
482,616

Scotland

Consultants in Scotland are employed on one of two contracts – the 2004 version, or the pre-2004 contract.

2004 Contract

Threshold£ per annum
178,304
280,756
383,203
485,660
5 88,105
6 93,928
7 99,752
8 105,570

Threshold 5 represents between five and nine years’ experience as a consultant, threshold 6 represents between 10 and 14 years, threshold 7 between 15 and 19, and threshold 8 more than 20 years.

Pre-2004 Contact

Level£ per annum
Basic65,014
169,666
274,319
378,971
484,276

Wales

Consultants in Wales are employed on a 2004 contract.

2003 Contract

Threshold£ per annum
174,393
276,762
380,725
485,327
590,583
693,580
796,583

Northern Ireland

Consultants in Northern Ireland are employed on one of two contracts – the 2003 version, or the pre-2003 contract.

2003 Contract

Threshold£ per annum
176,601
278,381
380,761
483,141
5 85,514
691,166
7 96,819
8 102,466

Threshold 5 represents between four and eight years’ experience as a consultant, threshold 6 represents between nine and 13 years, threshold 7 between 14 and 18, and threshold 8 more than 19 years.

Pre-2003 Contract

Level£ per annum
Basic63,102
167,617
272,133
376,649
481,798
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