Interventional Radiologist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Interventional radiology employs images and instruments such as stints, catheters and wires to diagnose and treat medical conditions. With their techniques, interventional radiologists can help patients avoid open surgery or other more invasive measures in obtaining medical care.

In the United States, interventional radiologists earn on a mean basis $315,441. Canada’s radiologists, including those of the interventional nature, have mean pay of C$198,000 ($158,978 USD). The mean stands at £73,690 ($101,145 USD) for interventional radiologists in the United Kingdom and AU$165,000 ($130,736 USD) in Australia.

The mean for interventional and other radiologists reaches NZD$411,483 ($298,429 USD) in New Zealand, INR30,00,000 (INR3,000,000 in Western form) ($47,185 USD) in India, and R585,549 ($47,216 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make per Year by State?

Interventional Radiologist SalaryUSCanadaUKAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Hourly Pay$151.65C$95.19£38AU$79.33NZD$198INR1,442.31R281.51
Annual Pay$315,441C$198,000£73,690AU$165,000NZD$411,483INR30,00,000R585,549

Interventional Radiologist Salary Influencing Factors

Interventional radiologists practice in pediatric, university, community and large, corporate-run hospitals. The size and type of hospital may help influence these practitioners’ pay. More experienced interventional radiologists can see their earnings sky well above national averages and otherwise increase their pay.

1. Location

According to PayScale, interventional radiologists in New York make five percent below the United States mean of $315,441. In Johannesburg, pay stands at two percent above the national average f R585,549 in South Africa. However, interventional radiologists make 15 percent south of the mean in Cape Town, South Africa.

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in the US?

Interventional Radiologist Salary USPer YearPer Hour
Bonus$5,872 to $71,490$2.82 to $34.37
Total Pay$155,923 to $487,629

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in Canada?

Interventional Radiologist Salary CanadaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayC$89,700 to C$492,952

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in the UK?

Interventional Radiologist Salary UKPer YearPer Hour
Total Pay£52,000 to £103,000

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in Australia?

Interventional Radiologist Salary AustraliaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayAU$20,426 to AU$489,357

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in New Zealand?

Interventional Radiologist Salary New ZealandPer YearPer Hour
Total PayNZD$70,000 to NZD$600,000

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in India?

Interventional Radiologist Salary IndiaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayINR11,63,496 to INR97,31,273

How Much Does an Interventional Radiologist Make in South Africa?

Interventional Radiologist Salary South AfricaPer YearPer Hour
Total PayR122,939 to R3,000,000

2. Experience

PayScale indicates that experience levels do not necessarily equate to higher pay for interventional radiologists in the United States. The entry-level pay for these practitioners stands at $310,000. For those with five to ten years of experience, earnings dipped to a mean of $298,000. The highest salaries by experience occur in the ten to 20-year interval, at $330,000. Interventional radiologists earn a mean of $306,000 upon achieving more than 20 years of practice.

In Canada, radiologists make C$144,000 at entry-level, C$201,000 at five to ten years of experience, C$295,000 with ten to 20 years of experience, and C$416,000 beyond 20 years. In fact, late-career radiologists in Canada see their pay at more than double the national mean of C$198,000.

South Africa’s radiologists experience wide ranges in pay based on experienced. According to PayScale, those in the entry-level category earn 17 percent under the South African average of R585,549. With five to ten years of experience, radiologists in the country climb to 51 percent more than the mean.

3. Industry

The interventional radiology profession can yield figures at the upper echelons of salaries. According to the Radiology Society of North American, interventional radiologists in the United States stood as the fourth highest-paid specialists, at an average of $518,164 in 2013.

At AU$386,003, diagnostic and interventional radiologists ranked 11th among occupations (male) in terms of pay. Female diagnostic and interventional radiologists in the country fetched on a mean basis AU$180,695, good for 19th among occupations by females.

The Canadian Medical Association reports that, in 2014, 34 percent of radiologists worked in community hospitals. “Academic Health Science Centres” claimed another 28 percent of radiologists, while 13 percent held a private office-clinic-based practice. In all, nearly 71 percent of radiologists in Canada practiced in some type of hospital.

Interventional radiologists in New Zealand work in both the private sector and one of the country’s district health boards. In the latter setting, salaries for qualified radiologists range from NZD$175,000 and NZD$216,000. Those in private practices can achieve earnings as high as NZD$600,000.

Schedule & Working Hours

While full-time work constitutes the majority rule, the interventional radiology field has a part-time presence.

Medscape reports in its 2017 survey that nine out of ten male radiologists in the United States fell in the full-time ranks, while 74 percent of their female counterparts registered 40 or more hours of work per week.

According to the National Health Service, nearly one out of five radiologists in the United Kingdom practice part-time. Radiologists in Canada logged approximately 46 hours per week in 2014, says the Canadian Medical Association.

Typical daily schedules run from early mornings to late afternoons or early evenings. Generally, patients undergo interventional radiology procedures by appointments such that schedules are generally normal. However, emergency interventional radiology may arise to treat patients bleeding internally or facing other life-threatening conditions. Often, trauma necessitates emergency procedures. As a result, interventional radiologists may have to serve on-call duty or report on nights, weekends and occasionally holidays.

Bonuses & Benefits

Interventional radiologists in group practices or health care companies may participate in profit-sharing. Radiologists in South Africa gain, on average, R500,000 from profit-sharing benefits.

Health care generally constitutes a common benefit for many interventional radiologists. Nearly 96 percent of interventional radiologists in the United States reported to PayScale having medical coverage. For dental care, the coverage rate was 74 percent. These practitioners enjoyed vision benefits at a 63 percent rate.

Radiologists in Canada receive medical coverage benefits at a 76 percent rate. Approximately 64 percent had dental care, while nearly half enjoyed vision benefits.
According to PayScale, two-thirds of interventional radiologists in Australia report having medical coverage. For vision and dental coverage, the ratio is one out of every three interventional radiologists.

In India, the coverage rates among interventional radiologists for medical, dental and vision care are 43 percent, 29 percent and 29 percent, respectively. For South Africa, radiologists get medical benefits at a 53 percent clip. However, only 13 percent enjoy vision and 13 percent receive dental care as part of the compensation package.

Depending on the employer, other benefits may include assistance with student loan repayment, moving expenses and the costs of malpractice insurance. Employers may also award sign on bonuses and other hiring incentives and afford retirement benefits.

Career Outlook

The services of interventional radiologists will experience considerable demand as people grow older and experience more health conditions that require diagnosis and treatment. With the technology of interventional radiology come increased options for physicians to see hard to reach areas of the body, avoid significant invasiveness and obtain detailed information for diagnosis.

Shortages will also drive the need for these professionals. New Zealand’s government treats hiring prospects as “Good” due to the shortages. Radiology, including the interventional version of the profession, appears on the nation’s “skill shortage list.”

According to the Canadian Medical Association, Canada had an estimated seven radiologists, including interventional radiologists, per 100,000 people.

The National Health Service reports solid prospects for future radiologists in the United Kingdom. In 2016, the field of full-time equivalent radiologists in England numbered 2,795. Contemplated rises in the number of radiologists being trained could add more job opportunities.


Interventional radiologists stand among the highest paid professionals on average. In many places, they may rank high in terms of medical specialties. The amount of pay will depend on the place of practice, performance and experience. Aspiring interventional radiologists should expect strong job opportunities to meet shortages and demand for these services.

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