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ACADEMIC medical consultants dominate the list of the highest paid staff in Irish universities.

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 8, 2012


There are 98 senior academics on salaries of €200,000 or more, 89 of whom also work in hospitals as medical consultants. Academic medical consultants have a triple role, covering student education, working as hospital consultants as well as being involved in research.

Their salaries are jointly paid by their university and their hospital, and while the actual salary can vary, depending on the nature of their contract, top earners all get over €200,000.

There are about another 80-90 senior academics in the €150,000-€200,000 pay bracket, about half of whom are academic medical consultants.

Heads of the university medical schools have criticised the move to cut the rate for medical professors to €145,000, saying it will be a major deterrent to their ability to recruit strong candidates.

Average earnings for consultants treating private patients in hospital are around €200,000 a year and this does not include income from outpatient fees. Some consultants could be earning double that figure.

Apart from medical consultants, the salaries of five of the highest paid academics have been approved under an agreed framework, which allows for above the norm salaries in exceptional circumstances.

The two highest paid staff in academia are on salaries of at least €250,000. One is Professor Des Fitzgerald, vice-president for research in UCD, where the total value of research contracts signed over the past six years is in excess of €563m .


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