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Healthcare Recruitment: Does it ‘pay’ to work in a healthcare job?

January 12, 2022 0 Comments

Gorilla Jobs takes a look at healthcare sector pay rates to help you as you begin your 2022 search for your next job in the sector.

Whether you’ve just graduated from a medical or healthcare-related degree, or are a health professional looking for a new challenge in 2022, having some feel for the going market rates for your skill set is important before you begin your search. Of course, as specialists in the healthcare recruitment space, this is something Gorilla Jobs  will guide you through when we begin the process of helping you find your next role.

However, it doesn’t hurt to have a feel for this even before you speak with us, so here is a brief guide to what to expect as a graduate and what average rates of pay look like across different roles in the health sector.


While deciding to undertake a medical or healthcare-related qualification is often a life calling, it’s no secret that as a career choice, it can be arduous at times but also remunerated well.

In 2020, the overall median salary for Med grads was a respectable $70K (fair enough too, after the hard work of getting through a medical degree!), although this is qualified by the fact that to earn this, interns often work up to 70-hour weeks. 

However, the good news is, once the internship period ends, salaries tend to rise fairly quickly. For those in other health services and support roles, the future also looks good when it comes to both employment opportunities and rates of pay. 

An ageing population and the ongoing rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means there will be an expansion in the healthcare sector. 

This means that the current starting median salary of around $61K could rise to meet the rising demands, and even during a time of sustained period of sluggish wage growth in Australia and around the world, it’s healthcare workers who have generally received the highest pay increases of any sector.

Healthcare professionals

For those currently in healthcare and medical roles, Salary Explorer estimates that a typical salary is around $136K, with the range being from the lowest possible average of $28K to right up to $405K (but with the maximum salary potentially considerably higher).

They also may observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months, well above the benchmark.

In terms of bonuses, of those surveyed by Salary Explorer, 57% stated they had received some kind of bonus (individual performance, company performance, goal-based or holiday/end-of-year) in the range of 2-7% of their salary.

Location is also a factor as to where the average salary sits, with average salaries often higher in the larger cities (eg Brisbane $155K, Melbourne $158K, Sydney $161K) and a little lower in the regions (eg Newcastle $141K, Sunshine Coast $138K, Gold Coast-Tweed $147K.)

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Salary Explorer offers a full list of specific average salaries, but here are some we’ve picked out to give you a quick feel for what the roles look like across the healthcare sector.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Holding a higher level of responsibility than other nursing roles, while still carrying out many of the standard duties of a nurse, RNs often lead units of nurses as a team leader, with their roles also expanding to include medication administration, patient assessment and management, and more complex/specialised care.


The key funnel for getting medication to patients, the role of the Pharmacist has been expanding over time – particularly during the COVID pandemic – to offer a range of services including vaccinations, advice on non-prescription medications and the offering of other basic health advice.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

In a role not dissimilar to a Physical Therapist, OTs work with patients following incidents that have inhibited their physical abilities, particularly when it comes to daily tasks such as cooking, driving or performing duties required in their jobs.

Practice Manager

Responsible for overseeing day-to-day management of a healthcare facility, practice and clinic managers make decisions and manage operations related to finances, patient care, staffing and more.

General Practitioner (GP)

As the bedrock of the wider health system, GPs are mostly involved with observing, diagnosing and treating patients, but their responsibilities can also be much broader.

Sonographers, Radiologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists.. the list of important healthcare professions that Gorilla Jobs can help you find work in could continue.

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We love what we do at Gorilla Jobs, and while there are challenges, we are always ready to help you as a candidate or recruiting organisation to ensure the best talent ends up in the best jobs. Reach out to us today if you have any questions!