Gastroenterologists practice in the specialty of digestive-related conditions. Depending on the location, they may be included within the classification of internists or internal medicine specialists. In the United States, the average gastroenterologist salary is $303,000, while the average in Canada is reported at C$371,000 (US$295,961). These physicians make between £50,000 (US$67,506) and £200,000 (US$270,014) per year in the United Kingdom and around AU$152,000 (US$118,807) in Australia. Gastroenterologists in New Zealand are part of a sector earning a mean salary of NZ$150,000 (US$106,813) per year.
How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make?
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Gastroenterologist Salary Determinant Factors
The pay of a gastroenterologist is shaped by the location, experience, and type of employer. In countries with government-operated healthcare systems, pay is set by the governing board. Generally, pay is higher for gastroenterologists in private practice or who work in the private sector than those in public sector settings. Experience plays a considerable role in most countries, at least to a point.
1. How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make by State?
Gastroenterologist Salary in the US
According to PayScale, gastroenterologists in the United States earn an average pay of approximately $303,000. Earnings range from $173,000 to $509,000 per year.
Gastroenterologist Salary in Canada
The Canadian Medical Association states that gastroenterologists in Canada grossed on average C$371,000 per year in the last few years.
Gastroenterologist Salary in the UK
Doctors in the National Health Service of the United Kingdom earn around £92,000. As consultants in the private sector, however, gastroenterologists can make up to £200,000 per year.
Gastroenterologist Salary in Australia
According to the Western Australia Government, gastroenterologist salaries in Australia revolve around AU$152,000 per year.
Gastroenterologist Salary in New Zealand
According to PayScale, physicians who practice internal medicine reported making an average of NZ$150,000. The New Zealand Government does not publish specific salaries for gastroenterologists but states that physicians overall make between NZD$70,000 and NZD$600,000 per year.
2. How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make According to Experience?
PayScale reports that gastroenterologists in the United States started at $174,000 and reach $305,000 with five to ten years of experience. Thereafter, average pay does not rise but slightly falls to $300,000 beyond 20 years of experience. Depending on the position and industry, some can earn up to $509,147 per year.
In the United Kingdom, gastroenterologists start as junior hospital trainees, making £26,350 in the first year and £30,500 in foundation year 2. Those in specialist training earn from £37,547 to £45,750 at the end of the training.
For trainee physicians in New Zealand, salaries run from NZD$70,000 to NZD$175,000. Experienced physicians have salaries that range from NZD$151,000 to NZD$600,000.
3. How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make According to Work Environment?
The pay of internists, including gastroenterologists, in the United States can change with the work setting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, internists who work in “Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories” held the highest average pay, at $265,870 as of May 2015. Average salaries for those in physicians’ offices stood at $212,200, while the average pay for internists in “General Medical and Surgical Hospitals” is $149,830.
Gastroenterologists in the United Kingdom typically have their pay set by the government. Similarly, in Canada, the government determines the fees for services billed by gastroenterologists who participate in its payer system.
In New Zealand, “qualified physicians” working for a District Health Board earn between NZD$151,000 and NZD$212,000 per year. Private sector physicians earn more than those under a District Health Board, with some reaching NZD$600,000 per year.
Generally, gastroenterologists work full-time, often more than 40 hours per week. For example, in Canada, an average work week lasted 49.2 hours. Internal medicine specialists in Australia logged on average full-time hours of 49.4 hours per week, nine hours more than full-time workers in general.
The practice setting often affects the working hours of gastroenterologists. In offices and clinics, these specialists normally work weekdays and daytimes. On the other hand, those in hospitals must keep irregular shifts, including nights, weekends and pre-dawn hours. On-call duty is also part of the gastroenterologist’s job description. For instance, gastroenterologists in Canada spend approximately 43 hours per month being on call.
Bonuses and Benefits
Bonuses for gastroenterologists in the United States range from $7,660 to $97,871, according to PayScale. In Canada, gastroenterologists can earn bonuses for items such as, in certain provinces, treatment of chronic conditions.
The employer usually sets job benefits in the United States and Canada. In Australia and New Zealand, employees are entitled to paid holiday, annual leave and vacation. Additionally, employees in these countries have their retirement funded through superannuation, or employer contributions.
Employment of gastroenterologists is driven by an aging population, the prevalence of conditions involving the digestive system and the generally increased access to health care.
The employment in the United States of “internists, general,” which includes gastroenterologists, should rise by nine percent through 2024, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase would translate to 5,100 new jobs in this field. According to the Association of American Colleges, the U.S. could experience a shortage of 5,100 to 12,300 medical specialists by 2025. Likewise, the Canadian Medical Association reports that Canada had 765 gastroenterologists in 2015, or 2.1 such practitioners for every 100,000 Canadian residents.
According to the National Health Service, the United Kingdom had 1,370 gastroenterologist consultants as of June 2015, with 1087 just in England. In 2013, gastroenterology and hepatology ranked first in expansion among medical specialties. England, Wales and Northern Ireland saw an increase of 85 consultants during that time even though one in three such positions remained unfilled.
The Australian Government projects no more than 5,000 openings for internal medicine specialists, which include gastroenterologists, through November 2019. While employment is expected to grow “strongly” by November 2020, Australia had 6,400 internal medicine specialists as of November 2015. In New Zealand, similarly to Australia, the government rates employment prospects for physicians as “good.”
The location of practice and experience help determine the pay of gastroenterologists. Generally, those who work in hospitals, private offices and other private-sector settings can expect higher pay than their counterparts in the public sector. Also, as a general rule, more experience leads to larger salaries.
It’s likely that demand for gastroenterologists should be sustained by the need to treat diseases involving the digestive system and to attend to increasing elderly populations.
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