Cardiac Surgeon Salary

Cardiac Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $340K) surpassing six figures annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cardiac Surgeons. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up the vast majority of Cardiac Surgeons (82 percent) who took the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$99,784 - $592,980
(Median)
$100K
$340K
$590K
MEDIAN: $340,237
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50%
90%

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$23.84 - $347.31
(Median)
$24
$99
$350
MEDIAN: $99.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$210K$420K$630K
Salary
$99,784 - $592,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $99,498  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
Commission
$8,000  
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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$100,143 - $609,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$23.84 - $347.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$110.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $99,498  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
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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$100,143 - $609,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Cardiac Surgeons. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $260K per year. For Cardiac Surgeons, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $403K. 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 $424K.

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$348,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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