Cardiac Surgeons receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $303K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male Cardiac Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. Most Cardiac Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$98,136 - $588,064
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MEDIAN: $302,767
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$98,136 - $588,064  
   
Bonus
$990 - $96,958  
Commission
$6,750  
Total Pay (?
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$97,508 - $596,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $202.73  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $512  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$990 - $96,958  
   
Commission
$6,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$97,508 - $596,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Cardiac Surgeon

Cardiac surgeons are responsible for performing heart surgeries and other complex operations on patients with heart conditions. These surgeons must be organized and pay close attention to detail to facilitate surgeries, and they must work well in a team environment with other surgeons and medical professionals to complete all objectives under strict deadlines.

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Cardiac Surgeon Tasks

  • Provide operative, preoperative and critical care diagnosis, treatment and procedures for patients with pathological conditions of the chest.
  • Communicate with families and patients regarding care plans and make referrals to other specialists as per the standard of care.
  • Treat pathologic conditions of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels, tumors of the mediastinum, and diseases of the diaphragm and pericardium.
  • Treat complications of ischemic heart disease (for example, coronary artery bypass grafting), correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease created by various causes including endocarditis.
  • Provide surgical care of coronary artery disease, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, congenital anomalies, tumors and diseases of the diaphragm.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cardiac Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cardiac Surgeons with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $251K on average. Cardiac Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $375K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $406K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $300,904

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Cardiac Surgeons in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Cardiac Surgeons in Seattle take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 53 percent less than the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (29 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Cardiac Surgeon

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

National Average
$301,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 10%

National Average
$301,000

Open Heart
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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