Cardiac Surgeon Salary (United States)

Cardiac Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $296,770) surpassing six figures annually. Compensation ranges from $99,340 on the low end to $571,755 per year on the high end. Almost all workers enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Cardiac Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed 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.
For many but not all Cardiac Surgeons, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Six-figure salaries are typical for those just entering the industry—pay starts at $247,389 per year. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $351,435. Salaries grow more slowly as Cardiac Surgeons approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $412,121. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects Cardiac Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
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$297,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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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%