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Table 2 Medical doctor salaries of selected countries for three levels of work experience

From: What is the financial incentive to immigrate? An analysis of salary disparities between health workers working in the Caribbean and popular destination countries

  Jamaica5 Dominica8 St Lucia11 Grenada14 UK17 US20 Canada
0-3 yrs NCU1 2,403,8795 51,6068 58,32211 46,956 28,425 63,984 68,46721
XCD2 50,973 51,606 58,322 46,956 104,888 174,036 141,042
US ($)3 18,740 18,973 21,442 17,263 38,562 63,984 51,854
PPP ($)4 28,079 28,428 32,127 25,866 40,607 63,984 53,911
% PPP ($) gap over Caribbean average (28,626) 41.9 123.5 88.3
5–10 yrs NCU 2,793,0796 57,5049 63,61512 61,28415 40,92518 108,387 115,97622
XCD 59,226 57,504 63,615 61,284 151,013 294,813 238,911
US ($) 21,774 21,141 23,388 22,531 55,520 108,387 87,835
PPP ($) 32,625 31,677 35,043 33,759 58,464 108,387 91,320
% PPP ($) gap over Caribbean average (33,276) 43.1 235.8 174.4
10–20+ yrs NCU 3,255,3487 57,50410 68,34213 61,28416 70,01819 146,847 157,12922
XCD 69,028 57,504 68,342 61,284 258,366 399,424 323,686
US ($) 25,377 21,141 25,126 22,531 94,987 146,847 119,002
PPP ($) 38,025 31,677 37,647 33,757 100,026 146,847 123,724
% PPP ($) gap over Caribbean average (35,276) 183.5 316.3 251.3
  1. 1salary in own national currency unit
  2. 2Author calculations. Eastern Caribbean Dollars using average 2016 market rate [85]
  3. 3Author calculations. US dollars using average 2016 market rate [85]
  4. 4Author calculations. International dollar purchasing power parity (PPP) [86]
  5. 5 [43] Medical Officer level 2 (MO2)
  6. 6 MO3
  7. 7 MO4
  8. 8,9,10 [44] No available data on salary progression
  9. 11 [87]. Grade 13
  10. 12 step 3 or 4 of grade 14
  11. 13 end point of grade 15
  12. 14 [88]. Grade J at entry level
  13. 15grade J after 10 years
  14. 16grade J after 20 years or more
  15. 17 Foundation yr. 1 and 2 respectively. In the UK a medical officer is generally classed as a junior doctor. [90]
  16. 18 Doctors continue to work and move onto a specialty [90]
  17. 19Additions to basic salaries can be substantial through clinical excellence awards [42]
  18. 20 [54]
  19. 21The Canadian doctor starter salary is based upon 1–4 years of experience [91]
  20. 22Additional years of experience could not be clearly identified so the same increases for the US were used as a reasonable proxy [54] but it is acknowledged that some regional variation would apply to Canada [92]