Musculoskeletal injury causes pain and when chronic can affect mental health, employment and quality of life. This study examined work participation, function and quality of life in people with greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS, n=42), severe hip osteoarthritis (OA, n=20) and an asymptomatic group (ASC, n=23). No differences were found between the symptomatic groups on key measures, both were more affected than the ASC group, they had lower quality of life score (p<0.001), Harris Hip Score (p<0.001) and higher Oswestry Disability Index (p<0.001). Participants with GTPS were the least likely to be in fulltime work (prob. GTPS=0.29; OA=0.52; and ASC=0.68). GTPS appears to confer levels of disability and quality of life similar to levels associated with end stage hip OA.