Aussie doctor reveals shocking pay slip

An Australian doctor has shocked many after revealing his pay slips online.

Asper Harry, a second year doctor, posted a video on TikTok, where he was transparent about the breakdown of his fortnightly pay.

In the video he explains he gets paid $44 an hour, with unrostered overtime at about $90 an hour.

“So this is what a pay slip that I recently got looks like and you can see its quite complicated,” Mr Harry said.

“At the top we’ve got our ordinary hours, so we work a total of 76 hours in a fortnight.”

“Then we’ve got two afternoon shifts where we finish after 6pm and for that we get paid extra $39.96 in addition — as a bonus of finishing late,” Mr Harry explained.

“We also get continual medical education allowance which is about $180.

“After all that it comes to about $5,600. We get taxed quite a bit — $2,176,”

He also explained $200 is allocated towards paying off HECS debts and an additional $17 is directed towards salary packaging.

“The take home pay that we get to our bank account is $3,291,” Mr Harry said.

“So a little bit more than you would expect for a second year doctor and there’s some overtime that helps towards that.”

The video has racked up thousands of views, with man people stunned at how little he was getting paid.

“Man that’s not that much money,” a person commented.

“That’s shocking! All doctors and nurses should be paid triple that! My son’s an electrician and he earns more an hour,” agreed another.

A third wrote: “I’m sorry, $44 an hour???”

While another wrote: “Okay but it’s only upwards with that pay check if you’re atm (at the moment) a junior.”

According to MedRecruit, junior doctors in Australia earn an average of $70,000 to $95,000 a year.

It typically takes up to eight years of study to become a registered doctor in Australia.

In December 2020, 10 class actions were launched across Australia on behalf of junior doctors amid claims of widespread and systemic underpayment.

The class action was initially filed against NSW Health on behalf of junior doctors who worked in the public health system between roughly 2015 and 2022.

Class actions have followed suit in Victoria and the ACT against some of the state’s biggest health services, while junior doctors in the ACT launched a class action late last year.

It is estimated more than 36,000 junior doctors across the three states may be eligible to participate in the class actions, potentially making a claim if successful.

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