SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — There continues to be a wide wage gap between doctors and wage workers, data showed Tuesday.
The National Health Insurance Service reported that doctors working at general hospitals and other medical institutions in the country earn around 19.21 million won (US$14,650) each month as of 2020.
The average monthly salary that a doctor makes at non-medical institutions like the government or a public agency was relatively lower at 7,189,000 won.
Doctors made more if the medical institution was smaller.
For instance, a doctor working at a local medical clinic with a hospital bed earned the highest salary of 27.83 million won, followed by a doctor working at a small hospital with 30 to 99 hospital beds (27.22 million won).
In contrast, doctors working at larger hospitals or palliative care centers (14.2 to 16.4 million won) including larger general hospitals (13.1 million won) and those with more than 500 hospital beds (14 million won) earned less.
Overall, doctors earned significantly more than an average wage worker in the country.
Statistics Korea showed that the average monthly salary per worker stood at 2.68 million won as of 2020.
H. M. Kang (email@example.com)