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Cardiac Surgeon Salary (United States)

Cardiac Surgeons receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $297K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Almost all employees report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Cardiac Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Cardiac Surgeon Salary (?
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$97,603 - $519,746
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $288,274
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Cardiac Surgeon Salary (?
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$48.18 - $448.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$97,603 - $519,746  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $73,296  
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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$99,340 - $571,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$330$660$990
Hourly Rate
$48.18 - $448.50  
   
Overtime
$35.00 - $983  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$700K$1.4M$2.1M
Bonus
$51.52 - $73,296  
   
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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$99,340 - $571,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.
Cardiac Surgeons with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $247K per year. Cardiac Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $351K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $412K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, about one-half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a seventh.

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$297,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%