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Medical Doctors’ Salary Structure in Nigeria

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Medical Doctors’ Salary Structure in Nigeria



 Medicine is Nigeria is one of the most pursued courses. There are so many people who wish to become medical doctors in Nigeria. For instance, the University of Port-Harcourt (Uniport) do experience an estimate of three thousand (3, 000) candidate who wants to study medicine. Most times 70% of students found in courses like biochemistry, microbiology, Animal and Environmental Biology, Pharmacy and other science-related courses were actually coming to the university with the mindset to study medicine.

With such pressure by our Nigerian youths to study medicine, you may want to ask yourself that salary earnings of a medical doctor. This is because most people do pursue a particular course because of how much is involved.

In this post, you shall be presented with the salary structure of medical doctors in Nigeria.

Medical Doctor’s Salary in Nigeria: This is How Much They Earn

In Nigeria, a lot of people usually think that medical doctors are paid very high, if you are one of those who has this erroneous view of the earnings of medical doctors in Nigeria, well, you may want to change that view.

Medical doctors found in Federal Hospitals are paid higher than medical doctors that are found at the private hospitals. Most doctors seek to open up their private hospitals because the increasing number of medical doctors in the country, Nigeria is really a detrimental role in the limitation of the discipline even though it is known for its high prestige.

It is pertinent to note that the salary structure of Medical Doctors is regulated by two bodies. These bodies are the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and the Consolidated University Academic Structure (COUAUSS). The first regulatory body is meant for regulating the salary structure of Medical Doctors who work at the hospitals, while the second regulatory body- COUAUSS are meant for medical doctors working in academics

Let us delve deeper into this, shall we?

Housemanship Salary in Nigeria

This is the first step after one has graduated from medical school. This is a mandatory one year service to be offered for all newly inducted medical doctors. Medical doctors at the level earn the following salary;

Averagely, house officers are paid between N120, 000 to N140, 000. This is, of course, dependent on the hospital.

NYSC Doctors’ Salary in Nigeria

After the one-year housemanship is done, medical doctors are mandated to go for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps scheme. At this stage, medical doctors are posted to local hospitals or teaching hospitals in the state they are sent to run this NYSC scheme.

In these hospitals, medical doctors are also paid salaries. This salary of medical doctors is dependent on so many factors such as the state they are running the NYSC scheme, whether the hospital is a federal or state hospital. Normally, federal hospitals would pay medical doctors higher than state hospitals.

Medical doctors at the stage earn an estimate of N50, 000 to N150, 000. But do not be surprise that most Federal or State hospitals may not even pay medical doctors at this stage any amount.

Post-NYSC Doctor’s Salaries in Nigeria

There are variations in the salary of medical doctors after NYSC. Although, this is regulated by CONHESS and CONAUSS, there still exist disparity in the earnings of medical doctors in federal government hospitals and the state government hospitals. After NYSC medical doctors in Nigeria are required to identify an area of specialization for their residency.

At this stage Private hospitals pay Medical Doctors N120, 000 to N250, 000 for resident doctors while the Government hospitals pay between N190, 000 to N280, 000 for resident doctors. As for consultant, they earn between N600, 000 to N800, 000 per month.

A Breakdown of Medical Doctors’ Salary Based on their Level of Experience in Nigeria

Salaries of Medical Doctors in Government Hospitals/ Teaching Hospitals

·         Medical Officers: N180, 000 to N500, 000

·         Resident Doctors: 190, 000 to N280, 000

·         Consultants- N700, 000 to N800, 000

Salaries of Medical Doctors in Private Hospitals

·         Medical Officers: N60, 000 to N150, 000

·         Resident Doctors: N120, 000- N250, 000

·         Consultants: N400, 000 – N600, 000

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