Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist Salary

Salaries for Cardiologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($243K) per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Cardiologists (86 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Cardiologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,006 - $424,090
(Median)
$75K
$240K
$420K
MEDIAN: $243,197
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$20.07 - $133.95
(Median)
$20
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$130
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$75,006 - $424,090  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $66,977  
Profit Sharing
$9,999  
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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$70,312 - $432,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$20.07 - $133.95  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $152.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $66,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,999  
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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$70,312 - $432,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist

Cardiologists are physicians who perform duties related to the cardiovascular system. They are in charge of providing patient with high-quality service, listening to their symptoms, following up with tests as required, delivering diagnoses, and overseeing treatment. Some of their main responsibilities include reading test results, providing recommendations for surgery when needed, and conveying information on cardiovascular disease to patient and their families. Additionally, cardiologists perform pulmonary hypertension tests and cardiac biopsies as required. In all tasks, they follow strict safety and privacy protocols.

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Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist Tasks

  • Install pacemakers, prescribe medications, and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Perform medical imaging studies and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Discuss symptoms, treatments, and diagnoses with patients to aid in decision-making.
  • Document all patient data and interactions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $204K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Cardiologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $287K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Cardiologists report making only $270K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $243,782

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

For Cardiologists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Cardiologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 49 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and New York (18 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Cardiologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$244,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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