Although open heart surgeons generally make a very respectable income regardless of their location (average U.S. income $516,000) the average salary of an open heart surgeon can vary from state to state and is partially based on how many operations and types of operations a surgeon performs within a given year among other important factors such as their state of residence, state/government taxes, cost of living and negotiated salary which can all impact how much an open heart surgeon takes home at the end of the year.
Depending on the factors described above along with other factors that can affect an open heart surgeon’s salary the estimated yearly income for an open heart surgeon can vary from $240,000 – $736,000 or more per year.
As stated earlier some of the determining factors regarding a heart surgeon’s salary may include:
- Their state of residence
- Number and types of surgeries performed throughout the year
- State/Government taxes
- Cost of living expenses and inflation
- Career title and responsibilities
- Negotiated salary
- Additional benefits, perks and incentives received as compensation for their work
When compared to other career field’s heart surgeons have been considered one of the top 10 highest paying careers in the United States by numerous publications putting heart surgeons in the top 1% – 5% of highest grossing income earners in the U.S.
Open heart surgeon job description
A heart surgeon or cardiac surgeon is a physician who performs open heart surgery on a patient’s heart when he/she is in need of a life saving medical procedure where heart surgery may be the only option or the least severe option out of the other alternatives.
Heart surgeons are often used when a life threatening health issue such as cardiovascular disease threatens to end a patient’s life or severely hinder the patient’s ability to lead a long healthy life and the only option available to heal and/or prolong the life of the patient is to perform heart surgery.
Some of the health issues that may require the skills of an open heart surgeon include patients who are dealing with cardiovascular disease, irregular heart murmurs, atherosclerosis and endocarditis as well as patients who may need artificial heart implants or heart transplants.
Although heart surgeons are highly educated and trained (most heart surgeons have a minimum of 8-10 years of experience), and heart surgery can prolong a patient’s life and improve their health there are always risks involved with this type of surgery, so it is important for patients to weigh all of the risks along with alternative options in order to determine the best option for improving their health and prolonging their life.