Cardiac Surgeon Salary

Cardiac Surgeons receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $298K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Cardiac Surgeons is high. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Cardiac Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,059 - $579,878
$98K
$300K
$580K
MEDIAN: $297,903
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$38.78 - $206.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$98,059 - $579,878  
   
Bonus
$990 - $96,958  
Profit Sharing
$17,000  
Commission
$6,750  
Total Pay (?
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$98,404 - $593,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $206.08  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $512  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$990 - $96,958  
   
Commission
$6,750  
Profit Sharing
$17,000  
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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$98,404 - $593,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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

Pay by Experience for a Cardiac Surgeon has a positive trend. An entry-level Cardiac Surgeon with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $250,000 based on 106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cardiac Surgeon with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $256,000 based on 55 salaries. An experienced Cardiac Surgeon which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $309,000 based on 73 salaries. A Cardiac Surgeon with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $399,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $297,694

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

Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Cardiac Surgeons in Seattle earning a whopping 53 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Miami (23 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Cardiac Surgeon

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$298,000

Mid-Career
▼14%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Surgery
▲11%

Open Heart
▲7%

National Average
$298,000

Cardiology
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 19%