PRACTICE STAFF Pay Survey 2015


Chart on GP Manager Salaries (Click here to view)

Practice Manager Salaries Revisited

54.8% of Practice Managers have not had a pay rise in April 2015

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“It is four years without a pay rise.” “Pay Rise – what’s that?” “1% is a kick in the teeth.” “A checkout supervisor in a discount supermarket is paid more!” It is seven years since e had a pay rise!” “Staff are unaware of how much GPs earn from Enhanced Services!” “Another year of nothing!” “I stopped working the extra mile.”


We (the GP’s) have not had a pay rise? There is no money in the Practice? You earn the average salary (How do they know?). We do not pay for additional responsibilities? We are merging with another practice.


Prompted by a number of enquiries I have received from Practice Managers trying to get a pay rise I have taken a fresh look at the data collected from 89 Practices across the country earlier in the year (2015). This time I have looked at the number of practices by list size; – .

  • 27% of practices had below 5,000 patients
  • 40% of practices had between 5,000 and 10,000 patients
  • 27% of practices had between 10,000 and 15,000 patients
  • 6% of practices had over 15,000 patients.

However, when the figures were broken down further by salary banding rather than just list size a picture emerges which shows that patient list size alone is not the sole determinant of a practice manager’s salary.  The percentage of practice managers by salary range looks like this;-

  • 10% of practice managers earn under £25,000
  • 6% of practice managers earn between £25,000 and £30,000
  • 18% of practice managers earn between £30,000 and £35,000
  • 25% of practice managers earn between £35,000 and £40,000
  • 16% of practice managers earn between £40,000 and £45,000
  • 26% of practice managers earn more than £45,000

The chart at the start of this item shows that the distribution of salaries in practices of below 10,000 patients bears little relation to the list size. It is only in list sizes over 10,000 patients that salaries are clearly over £30,000 per annum. Where the list exceeds 15,000 patients the salary is over £40,000 per annum.

Two factors stood out in the results of the original survey. One was the extent to which Practice Managers work less than 37.5 hours per week. Therefore their salaries must be pro-rata. Secondly, for managers working in Greater London there was a question as to whether their salary included London Weighting.  Additionally there were many factors that appeared to increase a salary and these included running an out of hour’s service, to managing a shared property. Sometimes it may simply have been down to the generosity of the employer or a realization of the true worth of the job and the person. So, for those managers who are still trying to get a pay rise DO NOT GIVE UP!

TIPS: Make a list of your duties when you started the job and make a new list of duties that you now perform. Make a list of all the tasks that you currently have in your work load – a to do list and add a to do date or an indication of the time you expect it to take.  Share you lists with your employer and let them ponder them.

Robert Campbell – July 2015