MBBS Doctor Salary in India 2023

Doctors are the backbone of our society.  They perform several duties from diagnosing illnesses and treating patients to performing surgeries and evaluating new drugs. Moreover, doctors were at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus by providing timely care for everyone. 

The doctor profession is well-respected as well as well-paid for. However, not every doctor is paid the same. Based on their years of experience, the industry chosen, and the region they are working in, doctors’ salaries vary.

In this article, we offer an overview of the average salaries of doctors in India. 

What is the Average Salary of a Doctor in India?

A doctor's income is determined by factors like specialization, location (tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 cities), and experience.

Doctors' salaries vary greatly from one city to the next. Doctors' salaries in Mumbai range from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 3 lakh per month.

This variance could be attributed to the nature of the sector in which they work - public or private. In most cases, government hospitals pay less.

In the government sector, an MBBS doctor's just starting earns  Rs. 25,000 per month, whereas, in the private sector, it might range from Rs. 30-40,000.

MBBS Doctor Salary in India

Trainee doctors can earn between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000 rupees during a one-year MBBS internship. The average salary of a Junior Resident Doctor in a good government hospital ranges from Rs. 52,000 to Rs. 53,000 rupees.

Senior Resident Doctors earn between Rs. 68,000 and Rs. 70,000 per month.

MD/MS Doctor Salary in India

Doctors with an MD degree specialize in general medicine, radiology, dermatology, cardiology, pediatrics, etc. Whereas an MS doctor is qualified as a post-graduate in general surgery and specializes in orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, and OBG. 

The average salary of an MD physician with no experience is 9 lakhs per annum, and experienced physicians earn between Rs. 10-30 lakhs per annum

MS doctors who are just starting have an income of Rs. 1.5 lakhs to 3 lakhs per annum. With more experience, they can earn up to Rs. 15 lakhs to 20 lakhs per annum

Government Doctor Salary

An MBBS doctor working in a government hospital is paid Rs. 6 lakhs per annum on average. 

Listed in the table below are some of the posts under the employment of the Indian government and their respective annual basic salary:

Designation

Annual Base Salary 

(in INR)

Assistant Divisional Medical Officer (ADMO) (Railway)

7.9 LPA

Divisional Medical Officer (DMO) (Railway)

8.8 LPA

Chief Medical Director (Dy. CMD) Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Sr.DMO) (Railway)

26-29 LPA

AIIMS Doctor Salary

AIIMS is India's most prestigious medical college. The competition to secure a seat at AIIMS is really intense and it is getting harder every year. And the doctors who work at AIIMS are considered highly skilled and are paid a hefty salary.

Given in the table below are approximate salaries offered to the graduates and for various posts within the institution:

Qualification/Designation

Approximate Monthly Salary

(in INR)

MBBS Interns

35,000

MBBS Doctors

60,000

Junior Residents (pursuing PG)

58,000

Senior Residents

75,000

Professors

7.7 lakhs

Associate Professor

2.7 lakhs

Assistant Professor

1.08 lakhs

Veterinary Doctor Salary in India

Veterinarians are responsible for diagnosing and treating animals. They provide care for simple illnesses or even perform surgery if needed. 

Since most of India primarily depends on agriculture and subsequently farming animals, veterinarians are invaluable in the Indian community as they are the primary care providers. 

Veterinarians work at hospitals or set up their own practice based on the region they work in. They are skilled in medicine, surgery, diagnosis and treatment planning, and general surgery to provide the necessary treatment.

Some of the job profiles for veterinary doctors are listed in the table below with respective average salaries:

Positions

Average salary(in INR)

Veterinary Doctor

6.0 LPA

Veterinary Surgeon

6.08 LPA

Animal Care Specialist

1.8-2.6 LPA

Veterinary Officer

6 LPA

Vet Doctor in NGOs

4 LPA

Animal Research Scientist

10 LPA

Livestock development Officer

10 LPA

Indian Army Doctor Salary

The post of Medical Officer in the Indian army offers a competitive salary package in accordance with the 7th pay commission. The annual salary will be in the range of INR 11,00,000- 12,00,000/-.

Doctors who are commissioned in the AFMS will be given the rank of Captain (or equivalent rank in the Navy/Air Force) in the 10B level of the Defence Pay Matrix of BP 61300 + MSP 15500 + HRA (if applicable) depending on the city category.

For example, officers posted in cities such as tier 1, 2, 3, 4 cities + NPA at prevalent rates + Transport Allowance 3600-7200 as per the category of the city, (i.e. tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 cities where the officer is posted) + 20,000 (Annually) for dress allowances and DA at prevalent rates, the total amount will be approximately INR 97000/- per month).

Conclusion

Doctors are among the highest-paid professionals in India. Their salaries are influenced by several factors such as their specialization, the city and sector they work in, their experience, and more. Doctors practicing in tier-1 cities draw more than those working in tier-2,3, and 4 cities. 

MBBS Doctor Salary Related FAQs

The salary of a junior doctor varies based on his/her experience. A junior doctor just starting out earns an average salary of Rs. 0.4 lakhs per annum. As the experience increases, their salary does as well.

New Delhi pays the highest salaries for doctors followed by Bangalore. Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad also pay competitive salaries to their medical professionals.

MBBS doctors in the healthcare sector are paid the most followed closely by government doctors. Doctors in educational sectors or research are also paid well.

You need the right education to become an MBBS doctor in India. 

  • Finish your 10+2 education in biology, chemistry, and physics from a recognized school board

  • Get admission to colleges offering MBBS courses through NEET 

  • Finish your MBBS degree and gain professional experience as an MBBS doctor

To become a veterinarian, you must get a degree in veterinary sciences. However, if you want to advance in your career, you should pursue a degree in Master of Veterinary Science or Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.

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