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cardiothoracic surgery salary report

Cardiothoracic Surgery Salary Report

Get clear insights about your earning potential in this visual guide to the latest cardiothoracic surgeon salary data.

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The 2016 Average Salary for a Cardiothoracic Surgeon is


What affects my salary?

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Degrees of Certification


American Board of Surgery


American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Medical License

Industry Differences

Place of Work




Private Practice/Firm







Does where I live affect my salary?

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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Salary by Region

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The Best U.S. Cities

to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon


Apex, North Carolina

Why: Affordable homes, double-digit job growth


Columbus, Ohio

Why: Affordable cost of living, lots of job opportunities


Boise, Idaho

Why: Very low cost of living, slower-paced


Austin, Texas

Why: Increasingly young population, business-friendly

The Best & Worst

U.S. Cities to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon

The Worst U.S. Cities

to Be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon by Avg. State Salary


Washington, D.C.

Why: High number of physicians, high cost of living


Jackson, Mississippi

Why: High crime, poorer health statewide


Providence, Rhode Island

Why: Slow economic growth,
high taxes


Charleston, West Virginia

Why: Low overall well-being,
high unemployment

Top 7 Employers for Cardiothoracic Surgeons in the U.S.

MedScape looked at all 50 states and identified the best and worst cities in the U.S. to practice. They based their criteria on job growth, cost of living and other factors.

  • mgh
  • mayo clinic
  • johns hopkins medicine
  • bwh
  • ucla
  • hackensack

Predictions for Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2030


How many cardiothoracic surgeons there will be per 854,000 cases.


Expected increase in number of heart surgeries performed.


Why is there a cardiothoracic surgeon shortage?

  • heart beat

    Increase in aging population that requires more cardiothoracic services

  • more exam failures

    More exam failures

  • medical books

    Fewer American Board of Thoracic Surgery certifications

  • med-kit

    Fewer surgical resident trainees

The Bottom Line: You're in demand


How much you’d have to increase your caseload to meet the demand you will face by 2030.

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