Gastroenterologist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Gastroenterologists treat people with diseases and other conditions in body components such as the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. In the United States, the mean pay for gastroenterologists stands at $303,586. Among those in Canada, pay averages C$303,586 ($253,961 USD). The mean sits at £72,153 ($96,124 USD) in the United Kingdom, AU$472,359 ($361,387 USD) in Australia, and NZD$396,679 ($277,445 USD).Gastroenterologists earn INR12,20,838 (INR1,220,838 in Western form) ($10,051 USD) in India and R2,074,033 ($158,239 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make per Year by State?

Gastroenterologist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $145.95 C$164 £34.69 AU$227 NZD$191 INR58.94 R997
Annual Pay $303,586 C$342,034 £72,153 AU$472,359 NZD$396,678 INR12,20,838 R2,074,033

Gastroenterologist Salary Influencing Factors

Experience shapes the pay of gastroenterologists, with more years in practice resulting in higher pay. Other factors include whether the gastroenterologist works in private practice or in the public sector and the geographic area or region of practice.

1. Location

For gastroenterologists in the New York City, the mean pay is 19 percent below the United States average of $303,586. Medscape’s 2017 survey shows that gastroenterologists in the Northwestern United States had the highest average pay, at $564,000. Those in South Central region were paid the lowest, on average, at $345,000. The mean registers at $401,000 in the Southeast and $371,000 in the Northeastern United States.

According to SalaryExpert, pay for gastroenterologists in reaches a mean of AU$502,577 in Sydney, above the Australian mean of AU$472,359. Those in Melbourne, Australia can expect a mean of AU$480,697. Gastroenterologists in Vancouver earn C$368,246, higher than the Canadian mean as reported by SalaryExpert. In Toronto, the mean is at C$369,074.

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in the US?

Gastroenterologist Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $174,186 $83.74
Maximum $499,592 $240.19
Bonus/Tip $7,773 to $145,437 $3.74 to $69.92
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay $175,060 to $510,339

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in Canada?

Gastroenterologist Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$224,085 C$107.73
Maximum C$466,265 C$224.17
Bonus/Tip C$28,286 C$13.60
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$224,085 to C$494,551

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in the UK?

Gastroenterologist Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £37,923 £18.23
Maximum £103,490 £49.75
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £37,923 to £103,490

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in Australia?

Gastroenterologist Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$309,971 AU$149.02
Maximum AU$644,971 AU$310.08
Bonus/Tip AU$39,064 AU$18.78
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$309,971 to AU$684,035

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in New Zealand?

Gastroenterologist Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$260,101 NZD$125.04
Maximum NZD$541,204 NZD$260.19
Bonus/Tip NZD$32,805 NZD$15.77
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZD$260,101 to NZD$574,009

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in India?

Gastroenterologist Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR1,54,563 INR74.31
Maximum INR69,90,976 INR3,361.05
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay INR1,54,563 to INR69,90,976

How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make in South Africa?

Gastroenterologist Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R1,370,507 R658.90
Maximum R2,851,677 R1,371
Bonus/Tip R171,523 R82.46
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R1,370,507 to R3,023,200

2. Experience

PayScale reports that the mean for U.S. entry-level gastroenterologists stands at $288,000. With five to ten years in this specialty, these professionals can earn on a mean basis $313,000. Thereafter, the mean slips to $310,000 for those with ten to 20 years of experience and to $303,000 for gastroenterologists with more than 20 years.

According to SalaryExpert, gastroenterologists in Canada make C$224,085 as entry-level specialists.  Pay increases to a mean of C$466,265 for those who attain eight or more years of practice.
In the United Kingdom, specialty doctors in the National Health Service earn between £37,923 and £70,718. With experience and performance, Gastroenterologists achieve the status of consultants, which earn at a range of £76,761 to £103,490.

With up to three years of practice, an Australian gastroenterologist can anticipate a mean pay of AU$309,971. Practitioners attaining senior-level status can expect a mean pay of AU$644,971. In New Zealand, entry-level and senior-level pay averages NZD$260,101 and NZD$541,204 respectively.

In South Africa, the mean pay for gastroenterologists at entry-level stands at R1,370,507. With eight or more years experience, mean earnings jump to R2,851,677.

3. Industry

According to a 2017 survey by Medscape, gastroenterologists ranked seventh, at $391,000, among medical specialists in the United States.

The Canadian Medical Association reports that 39 percent of gastroenterologists in the country worked in private offices or clinics. Academic health sciences centres employed the second largest portion, at 30 percent, and 13 percent practiced in non-academic hospitals.

According to Doctor Portal, gastroenterologists occupied tenth place among male workers in Australia with a mean pay of AU$415,912. Female gastroenterologists in the country average AU$260,925, good for seventh among female employees in Australia.

In the United Kingdom, gastroenterologists generally work under the auspices of the National Health Service. New Zealand’s District Boards of Health employ these specialists. In these countries, private practitioners can earn higher than the scales set by these agencies.

Schedule & Working Hours

Gastroenterology involves full-time practice as a general rule. Many work more than 40 hours per week and must make themselves available for emergencies. Gastroenterologists in Canada worked on a mean basis 49.3 hours per week in 2014, says the Canadian Medical Association. Nearly seven out of ten spent 120 hours per month on call.

Aside from being on call, gastroenterologists with office-based practices typically log weekday and normal daytime office hours. Surgeries may require gastroenterologists to report to hospitals in the early mornings or in late evenings. Situations requiring urgent treatment or surgery may trigger weekend or even holiday work. Gastroenterologists who staff hospitals may have shifts running beyond eight hours at a time and should expect some weekend, nights and even holiday duty.

Bonuses & Benefits

Nearly 86 percent of gastroenterologists in the United States reported having medical benefits. The dental coverage rate stands at 63 percent, while one in two gastroenterologists enjoy vision care through their employer or practice. PayScale reports a mean of $110,000 for profit-sharing compensation for gastroenterologists.

According to PayScale, two in three gastroenterologists in India receive employer-furnished medical coverage, but none report having vision or dental.

Career Outlook

The ratios between gastroenterologists and the population can portray opportunities for employment. The Association of American Medical College reports that, in 2015, the specialty numbered 14,125 in the United States. This means that one gastroenterologist was available for every 22,754 Americans. According to the Canadian Medical Association, Canada had 765 gasternologists in 2015. This translates to a ratio of 2.1 for every 100,000 Canadian residents.

Opportunities for gastroenterology practice in the United Kingdom appear healthy. The National Health Service reports that the country had 1,137 gastroenterology consultants. The figure increased by 41 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2013, even with a 48 percent vacancy rate for advertised consultant positions. In 2016, the country had almost three applicants for every available space for specialist training.

Job Outlook Australia’s statistics on “Specialist Physicians” afford a glimpse of the shortage of gastroenterologists in the country. Specifically, in 2015, Australia had 6,400 specialists. By 2020, that number should increase to 7,200. According to the General Medical Council, the gastroenterology specialty in the United Kingdom numbered 2,079 professionals.

The age of gastroenterologists could create future needs for these professionals and opportunities for those who aspire to work in the field. An August 2016 “Industry Insights” report by HealthBridge says that nearly 35 percent of gastroenterologists in South Africa were age 60 or older.


Gastroenterologists generally rank high among medical and other professionals in pay. As specialists, they populate settings such as private offices and practices, hospitals and teaching hospitals. These can generate considerable diversity of pay scales. With the incidents of gastrointestinal and similar disorders and generally low numbers of gastroenterologists, those who pursue this specialty should find their services in demand and opportunities for employment and practice.

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