Compensation for Cardiac Surgeons in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($320K). Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Cardiac Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Cardiac Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A fair number enjoy medical while half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$97,362 - $595,362
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$32.76 - $204.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$210K$420K$630K
Salary
$97,362 - $595,362  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $98,869  
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$97,163 - $603,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$32.76 - $204.26  
   
Overtime
$28.60 - $515  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$1,000 - $98,869  
   
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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$97,163 - $603,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cardiac Surgeon

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


For many Cardiac Surgeons, more experience generally translates to higher pay. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $251K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Cardiac Surgeons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $395K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $409K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $310,215

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Cardiac Surgeons, 20 percent higher than the national average. Place of residence plays a huge part in a Cardiac Surgeon's salary, with Seattle Cardiac Surgeons earning salaries that are 55 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Miami (26 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$310,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 7%

National Average
$310,000

Open Heart
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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