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Male neurosurgeons highest ATO earners, GPs in top 50

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With an average income of almost 577,000, male neurosurgeons have topped the list of the highest income status of Australians released by the Australian Tax Office.

Other medical specialities round out the top five for men, with Ophthalmologist, Cardiologist, Plastic and reconstructive surgeon and Gynaecologist/Obstetrician being the most lucrative jobs.

Among women, it was a slightly different story. The job with the highest income wasn’t in medicine at all, but was the role of a Judge. Neurosurgeon, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and Vascular surgeon came in at two, three and five respectively however future trader was number four in the list.

The statistics found that male specialists earned roughly twice as much as their female counterparts, however it didn’t distinguish between full and part time.

With an average income of $184,639, male general practitioners came in at 48th on the list while female GPs were 40th with an average income of $129,834.

According to the ATO, the statistics don’t include some of Australia’s top earners due to privacy protection or because their career title was unavailable.

Those with the lowest incomes, under $20,000 per year were fruit and nut pickers, deer farmer and fast food cook.

Read the full list at the ATO’s website.

Top 50 average incomes for Men and Women

  1. Neurosurgeon $577,674 Judge – law $355,844
  2. Ophthalmologist $552,947 Neurosurgeon $323,682
  3. Cardiologist $453,253 Plastic and reconstructive surgeon $281,608
  4. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon $448,530 Futures trader $281,600
  5. Gynaecologist; Obstetrician $446,507 Vascular surgeon $271,529
  6. Otorhinolaryngologist  $445,939 Gynaecologist; Obstetrician $264,628
  7. Orthopaedic surgeon $439,629 Gastroenterologist $260,925
  8. Urologist $433,792 Magistrate $260,161
  9. Vascular surgeon $417,524 Anaesthetist $243,582
  10. Gastroenterologist  $415,192 Ophthalmologist  $217,242
  11. Diagnostic and interventional radiologist  $386,003 Cardiologist $215,920
  12. Dermatologist  $383,880  Urologist $213,094
  13. Judge – law  $381,323 Surgeon – general  $210,796
  14. Anaesthetist  $370,492 Medical oncologist $208,612 
  15. Cardiothoracic surgeon  $358,043 Specialist physicians – other  $207,599
  16. Surgeon – general  $ 357,996 Specialist physician – general medicine $207,225
  17. Specialist physicians – other  $344,860 Otorhinolaryngologist $200,136
  18. Radiation oncologist $336,994 Dermatologist $195,030
  19. Medical oncologist   $322,178 Diagnostic and interventional radiologist  $180,695
  20. Securities and finance dealer $320,452 Cardiothoracic surgeon  $175,500
  21. Thoracic medicine specialist  $315,444 Paediatric surgeon  $175,314
  22. Specialist physician – general medicine $315,114 Endocrinologist $174,542
  23. Intensive care specialist $308,033 Member of parliament  $173,331
  24. Renal medicine specialist $298,681  Rheumatologist $169,409
  25. Neurologist   $298,543 Intensive care specialist $169,369
  26. Financial investment manager $288,790 Emergency medicine specialist $165,786
  27. Investment broker  $286,530 Orthopaedic surgeon $159,479
  28. Paediatric surgeon  $282,508 Neurologist $155,217
  29. Clinical haematologist $271,738 Renal medicine specialist $155,133
  30. Futures trader  $264,830 Psychiatrist $152,437
  31. Endocrinologist  $258,972 Clinical haematologist $147,970
  32. Cricketer  $257,527 Paediatrician $147,347
  33. Rheumatologist $256,933 Securities and finance dealer $145,208
  34. Dental specialist $253,442 Dental specialist $140,505
  35. Magistrate $246,737 Actuary $136,819
  36. Equities analyst; Investment dealer $245,826 Radiation oncologist $135,678
  37. Paediatrician $239,405 Financial investment manager $134,481
  38. Stock exchange dealer Stockbroker $238,192  Petroleum engineer $133,315
  39. Psychiatrist  $234,557  Mining production manager $133,061
  40. Emergency medicine specialist $232,595  General medical practitioner $129,834
  41. Member of parliament $232,093   Thoracic medicine specialist $127,645
  42. Pathologist $224,378 Stockbroker $124,433
  43. Company secretary – corporate governance $218,432 Paving plant operator $123,281
  44. State governor  $212,652 Mining engineer $119,564
  45. Actuary  $196,144 Tribunal member $119,219
  46. Doctor – medical practitioner – other; Occupational medicine specialist; Public health physician; Sports physician $187,468 Doctor – medical practitioner – other; Occupational medicine specialist; Public health physician; Sports physician  $118,310
  47. Petroleum engineer $185,808  Geophysicist $117,575
  48. General medical practitioner $184,639  Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant – secretary or deputy secretary $116,855
  49. Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant – secretary or deputy secretary  $181,849  Engineering manager $116,732
  50. Mining production manager  $179,439 Metallurgist $110,359

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