House Officer Salary Structure in Nigeria for Medical Practitioners.
House Officer Salary… A doctor practicing under supervision after graduation is referred to as a house officer, otherwise called intern. A house officer’s salary is between N150,000 to N200,000, depending on the hospital; doctors working in Federal Government hospitals earn more than those working in the State hospitals.
Recently, securing internship has been difficult due to the increasing number of medical graduates in the country. This could be a problem because a medical student will have his/her license revoked if he/she does not begin internship within 2years of graduation, and if this happens, the doctor will have to retake the pre-graduation examination set by the Medical/Dental Council of Nigeria.
The next step after the doctor’s tenure as a house officer, he is to undergo a one year mandatory National Youth Service. During this year, the salary drops to as low as N50,000 and some doctors might work for free. Therefore, it is advisable to work in a private hospital during NYSC, the doctor can earn up to his/her salary during this year.
After the conclusion of the NYSC program, the next step is to undergo residency program. This is where he/she chooses his/her area of specialization. The doctor will be required to pass the residency exam and thereafter chose any hospital that offers residency program.
This is a breakdown of the salary; Private hospitals pay between N120,000 to N250,000, Federal Government pays consultant doctors N800,000 monthly while the state pays N700,000 monthly. According to the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS), the Federal Government doctors earn between N195,000 to N22,000 while State hospital doctors earn between N150,000 to N240,000.
The doctors are also entitled to some allowances apart from their basic salary. They include:
- Specialist allowance: This is provided to consultant doctors.
- Call duty allowance: This is provided to doctors in Federal hospitals and clinics.
- Non-clinical duty allowance: This is paid to doctors at the Federal Ministry of Health.
- Clinical duty allowance: This is paid to consultants working as a University staff.
- Teaching allowance: This is paid to officers who teach medical doctors in teaching and special hospitals.
- Hazard allowance: This is paid due to the risk associated with the profession.
- Rural posting allowance: This is paid by the Federal Government to doctors who work in rural areas.
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