Cardiac Surgeon Salary

Cardiac Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $301K) surpassing six figures annually. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,821 - $534,523
(Median)
$98K
$300K
$530K
MEDIAN: $301,432
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50%
90%

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$23.49 - $446.98
(Median)
$23
$90
$450
MEDIAN: $89.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$97,821 - $534,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,162  
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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$98,140 - $579,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$23.49 - $446.98  
   
Overtime
$45.00 - $500  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,162  
   
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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$98,140 - $579,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Cardiac Surgeon

Cardiac surgeons work in the medical field and provide one of the most necessary functions in saving and prolonging lives. Their focus is on the heart and the nearby and attached blood vessels. There can be many different types of complications with the heart and its related vessels, so cardiac surgeons must be specialized professionals in dealing with all problems with the heart and those vessels. They must be extremely intelligent and very dexterous with their hands.

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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Cardiac Surgeons. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $255K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cardiac Surgeons make a median salary of $410K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $434K.

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

National Average
$306,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%
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