Anaesthetist | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Anaesthetists are doctors who give anaesthetics to patients before, during and after surgery.

  • Manage patients' airway or pulmonary status, using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubation.  
  • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics.  
  • Select, order, or administer anesthetics, adjuvant drugs,
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Anaesthetists typically work around 41 to 43 hours per week.

As an Anaesthetist you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
72,613 GBP *
per year
27,146 GBP
105,042 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Anaesthetist

Big gender gap
  • 80,574 GBP
  • 62,225 GBP
Average salary for part-time Anaesthetist
Average salary for full-time Anaesthetist

  • 45,281 GBP
  • 40,957 GBP
  • 53,596 GBP
  • 72,613 GBP
  • 62,225 GBP
  • 80,574 GBP
Salary over time for Anaesthetist

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 79,428 GBP
  • 80,419 GBP
  • 78,730 GBP
  • 79,342 GBP
  • 81,764 GBP
  • 79,767 GBP
  • 72,613 GBP
  • 74,588 GBP
  • 49,846 GBP

Future outlook for Anaesthetists

Very good outlook
276 000+ jobs available
Fair outlook
-6% yearly wage growth (on average)
Excellent outlook
18% chance of automation in the future

Anaesthetist - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Anaesthetist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 77% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 6% of people in this role have a professional degree
  • 6% of people in this role have a doctoral degree

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Anaesthetist interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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