Cardiac Surgeon Salary

Compensation for Cardiac Surgeons in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($302K). 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 greater part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Cardiac Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,821 - $536,760
(Median)
$98K
$300K
$540K
MEDIAN: $302,012
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$23.27 - $309.13
(Median)
$23
$80
$310
MEDIAN: $80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$97,821 - $536,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $98,512  
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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$98,047 - $580,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$23.27 - $309.13  
   
Overtime
$45.00 - $500  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$0.00 - $98,512  
   
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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$98,047 - $580,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $254K per year. Cardiac Surgeons bring in $410K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $439K on average.

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

National Average
$305,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%
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