Cardiologist salary

Cardiologist’s salary depends on different factors like years of experience, level of specialization, practice choice, geographic location and locum tenens. The specialization levels like being an Electro physiologist (EP), non-invasive cardiologist, an interventional cardiologist, and an invasive non-interventional cardiologist will determine the salary for a cardiologist. Cardiologists can receive supplemental income via Locum Tenens as it provides a temporary work and the salary depends upon on-call, number of working hours, per day and even on per week basis. There is no dipute about that cardiologist salary belongs to one of the highest.

Cardiologist job description

The main goal of a cardiologist is to diagnose, treat and prevent various types of conditions related to cardiovascular system. Cardiology field deals with the management and treatment of various diseases of the heart and its surrounding structures. It enables to treat and prevent congenital heart conditions, heart diseases in adults as well as in pediatric patients.

Cardiologist’s job varies based on the sub-specialty level as every job deals with different types of cases. Noninvasive cardiologists deal with the non-surgical procedures, manage and treat various cardiovascular conditions. They perform diagnostic tests, prescribe medicines and recommend certain diet modifications. Invasive cardiologists diagnose, perform catherization (procedure done to detect artery blockage) and treat patients just like noninvasive cardiologists. Interventional cardiologists possess an ability to perform the above mentioned jobs in addition to performing the most advanced procedures such as Angioplasty.

How much does a cardiologist make ? 

Average cardiologist salary

The average salary for a cardiologist who performs cardiac & thoracic surgery ranges from between $522,875.00 to $360,000.00 per year. The average salary for an invasive cardiologist ranges from about $402,000.00 to $272,000.00 per annum while the pediatric cardiologists receive an average salary ranging from about $230,900.00 to $189,000.00.

Cardiologist salary and wage in USA

The highest annual salary received by the cardiologists is about $811000 while the lowest annual salary is around $268000. In fact, the average reported salary for a cardiologist is about $403000 annually.

The starting salary for cardiologists basically ranges from between $180,000 to $250,000 while the cardiologists with more than 5 years of experience receive salaries averaging from between $300,000 – $400,000. In fact, a competitive interventional cardiologist with profit-sharing partners can receive a salary of about $800,000 per year.

According to American Medical Group Association (AMGA) financial survey, the starting salary for an average cardiologist is about $292,000 per year while an experienced cardiologist receives $398,034 annually. The upper 10 percent of the cardiologists receive more than $300,000 per annum while the lowest 10 percent receive less than $150,000 per annum.

The median hourly wage for a cardiologist is about $105.66 per hour. The upper 10 percent receive an hourly wage of about $200.00 per hour while the lower 10 percent of them receive $70.00 per hour.

Some of the 5 best top paying states for cardiologists include South Dakota $204,000, Minnesota $206,000, Indiana $203,000, Nevada $200,000, and New Hampshire $201,000.

cardiologist salary in USA, UK and Australia

cardiologist salary

Cardiologist salary and wage in UK

The average salary for a cardiologist from UK is about £42,775 – £142,300 per year. The bonus received by the cardiologists is about £9,933 while the mean total salary ranges from between £11,000 – £100,000 per annum. In addition, the cardiologist receives an average hourly wage of about £26.5.

Cardiologist salary in Canada

An average salary for a cardiologist based in Canada ranges from between 154,073 CAD – 293,432 CAD per annum while an average hourly wage ranges from between 88.04 CAD – 171.19 CAD per hour.  A median salary for a cardiologist averages to about 254,344 CAD per annum while a median wage is about 145.76 CAD per hour. A highest paid cardiologist receives over 293,432 CAD while the lowest paid cardiologist earns about 154,073 CAD per annum.

Cardiologist salary in Australia

An average salary for a Cardiologist ranges from between AU$53,928 – AU$167,315 per year while the bonus is about AU$3,000 – AU$25,000.

Salary of Cardiologist in New Zealand

Experienced doctors, including cardiologists, practicing in New Zealand usually make between NZ$151,000 and NZ$600,000 per year, according to Careers NZ. However, the cardiologist’s salary may be a bit higher because of their specialty. PayScale also reported that general practitioners earn between NZ$57,657 and NZ$304,676 per year, although the cardiologist’s annual pay may be higher than this salary range.

Cardiologist salary in South Africa

General practitioners in South Africa usually earn between R229,386 and R792,973 per year, according to PayScale. However, cardiologists are bound to be earning more than the GPs because they are specialists with more training. 

And how much does a Cardiologist make in India

According to PayScale, cardiologists in India typically earn between Rs402,683 and Rs2,511,571 in total salary. Their base salary ranges between Rs402,683 and Rs2,462,087 and bonuses of up to Rs102,409. Their median salary makes around Rs1,182,347.

Pediatric cardiologist salary

A pediatric cardiologist analyses abnormalities and treats the cardiovascular diseases in infants, teenagers including children. It is a pediatric cardiologist’s duty to manage the cardiac disease, refer critical patients to a cardiac surgeon, and conduct physical tests in addition to obtaining various other reports like Doppler echocardiography, X-ray, blood tests, stress test, and electrocardiogram.

The annual salary for a pediatric cardiologist is about $241,014. In fact, about 10th percentile of pediatric cardiologists receive $182,117 annually while 90th percentile of them receive around $,352,825 per year.

Interventional cardiologist salary

Interventional cardiologists perform surgical procedures such as placement of mesh stents inside narrow arteries, opening artery blockage via balloon angioplasty. Their job includes consulting patients before surgery, counseling patients post-surgery, and performing catheterizations.An average yearly salary for an Interventional Cardiologist is about $312,361 while the median annual salary is about $300,000 which ranges from between $100,000 to $700,000. The lowest annually salary received by an interventional cardiologist is about $100,000 while the highest expected salary is around $700,000 annually.

Invasive cardiologist salary

A median yearly salary for an invasive cardiologist ranges from between $77,566 – $373,127. An average starting hourly wage for an invasive cardiologist in the United States ranges from between $41 – $61 per hour which gradually increases from $58 – $87 overtime. An average annual salary bonus ranging from between $500 – $120,000 will be included and the total annual salary ranges from between $77,566 – $403,499. An invasive cardiologist receives various salary benefits such as: paid holidays / vacation: $247,897 – $353,749, 401(k): $246,581 – $405,470; paid sick leave: $292,774 – $360,000, malpractice/ disability insurance: $251,395 – $353,749, and life/disability insurance: $250,000 – $360,000.

Non Invasive cardiologist salary

An average starting hourly wage for a Non Invasive Cardiologist in the United States ranges from between $41 – $61 per hour which gradually increases from $58 – $87 overtime. An average annual salary bonus of around $49,132 will be included and the total annual salary ranges from between $82,550 – $364,966. A non-invasive cardiologist receives various salary benefits such as: paid holidays / vacation: $134,095 – $354,033, 401(k): $134,095 – $361,440; paid sick leave: $147,395 – $370,963, malpractice /liability insurance: $139,107 – $370,389, life/disability insurance: $121,641 – $368,221, 403(b): $151,701 – $360,113, and Private Medical Insurance (PMI): $32,906 – $377,515.

Cardiologist education, training and certification

Aspiring cardiologists should initially complete an entry-level education (college degree) and should complete 4 or more years of medical school. Then the candidate should finish 3 years of internship in internal medicine residency, pass the board certifying exams and complete a cardiology fellowship which lasts for about 2 to 5 years.

Conclusion about cardiologist salary

Cardiologists receive the highest income when compared to physicians from other specialties. The cardiologist’s salary is determined by the work experience, level of specialty, working sector, geographic location, surgical skills and advanced certification.

27 Responses to Cardiologist salary

  1. Ian Tsombe says:

    Ad like to be a cardiologist

  2. noordeep josan says:

    me i would like to cardiologist to.

  3. Ndwiga Murimi says:

    i’m longin 2 be a cardiologist

  4. LocDawg says:

    Ima gonna be a cardiologist

  5. Churchill Livingstone says:

    Thank God,am a cardiologist in the making.

  6. Inga Gwiji says:

    Thank God that Im the furture Cardiologist

  7. Mansumania says:

    Thank god i am never going to be a cardiologist!!! Mcdonalds for life.

    • dan says:

      thats sad that you have no ambition

      • C ATHY BROWN says:

        Cardiologist are great for intervening between u and your cardicac surgeon if they do they job properly . If u r sent to a specialist appointment in London and u run into a bleeding problem and your family Dr ia on vacation and u tell him this after having an internal bleed 6 months previous he sent me to specialist and when i had beeding from rectum he had rec’d results from london and his answer to me was i sent to london the results are to be discussed between u an fam.doc but he was gone for 3 wks he would not give me specialist answer to visit 3 wks earlier 2 wks later i developed a hematoma on left leg that was 19cm by 19cm and about 2 in high i was admitted to hospital for 11 wks and 2 surgies I was overdosed on a blood thinner because as he said that is not part of my job A different Dr started me on this blood thinner and i was told to keep taking same dose now i have to live with half of the inside of my left shin and calf that had to be remover down the the bone the muscle skin was dead .
        Because it was dead it will never grow back on my shin or on my calf Because of other medical isuses i was not followed by blood work on a regular basis that should have been done by dr who put me on the drug . you have to stand up for your own health this day and age and always carry a medical list where ever u go it just may save your life. If u do not for
        it who will?????? Cardioligists have to listen to u and not be in such a hurry to get on to the next. patient fortunetly i found such a cardioligist keep your dreams but when your patient is in trouble be there for him oe her your patient will have a lot more faith and trust in u

    • winnie troy says:

      why would you want to be mcdonalds

    • LOL says:

      I dont like pickels on my Bigmac

    • Jamal Phillips says:

      Am I the only one that knew you were joking

    • lol too done says:

      omg this made me laugh so hard

  8. future life save101 says:

    Never give up ur hopes and dreams of becoming cardiologists u never know whose life u would be saving or how patients would appreciate u helping them through there cardiac problems….I’m making it my goal 2 become a cardiologist. Its a fascinating career choice 4 me…I’ll b a future cardiologist.

  9. blanca aguilar says:

    i hour to one dat become an interventional cardiologist .

  10. Ashley_14 says:

    Im 14 and a freshmen and I really want to become a Cardiologist

  11. sam says:

    Steven Froemel is happy to be alive. Because he was, basically, dead.

    Steven spent more than an hour in full cardiac arrest at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Aug. 11.

    His care team kept him alive with an automatic CPR device while trying to open the only major vessel to his heart.

    Just when care team members thought they had done everything they could to save him, Steven reached up, grabbed the tube to the device and tried to pull it out. His heart had restarted.

    70 to 80 minutes without a heartbeat

    “Your heart was in arrest for about I would say 70 minutes or 80 minutes without a heartbeat, and we couldn’t shock you out of it,” Uma Valeti, MD, Steven’s cardiologist, was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) story, explaining it to Steven.

    Steven recently visited the cardiac team that saved his life at the medical center. Uma showed him the device that kept him alive while he repaired a vessel to his heart that was closing.

    A device to keep his blood circulating

    This CPR device, the LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System, keeps a patient’s blood circulating, delivering much-needed oxygen to his organs. The LUCAS device became available in the Twin Cities about four years ago. Increasingly, the technology is being used to save lives.

    The 62-year-old can hardly believe he survived. “Oh, I think that they could have just called it,” Steven was quoted in the MPR story. “I think about that. How could you not?”

    Uma recalls having some doubts about whether he was doing the right thing in trying to save Steven, given the unclear outcome for his brain and heart after prolonged cardiac arrest.

    He says there was a lot of tension in the cardiac catheterization laboratory that day as they scrambled to work through a variety of techniques and technology that needed to be deployed to try to save Steven’s life.

    “Once we hit the 60-minute mark, we had some very experienced members who felt that the patient was dead, and that it would be futile to continue working on him,” Uma says.

    “I can’t put my finger on why we kept going, but the team thought there was a chance. If there was even a 1 percent chance, we were going to keep going.”

    A team effort

    “More than 10 different teams came together to save him that day, and kept improvising as events unfolded. There was no single person who saved Steven’s life—there were dozens, from the cath lab, to the cardiac surgery team to the anesthesia team. So many people working together. It makes me very proud to work at the medical center,” says Uma.

    Uma says that though getting him out of the cath lab alive was a major accomplishment, what happened after that was just as important.

    Forum Kamdar, MD, one of the senior cardiovascular fellows along with the Coronary Structural Intervention team, worked day and night to keep Steven alive in the Intensive Care Unit so he could be discharged without post-arrest complications. The team work succeeded, and Steven is doing well.

    The reunion of Steven and his care team was an emotional one. Steven’s wife, Lorrie, was in tears as Uma recounted the story.

    “I can’t thank you enough for saving his life; for not stopping when others thought it wasn’t worth continuing,” says Lorrie. She wasn’t the only one with tears in her eyes as the hugging started.

    “No one in the room expected him to make it,” says Corrine Kodelka, a CV/EP technician on Steven’s care team,” It was nothing less than a miracle.”

    sdunski1, Last updated: 12/6/13 4:13 PM(CST)

  12. Allan Osuru says:

    this site has really informed me about what I wanna do in the future by the way am in Kenya and remaining with only two years to finish high school….my dream is to get enrolled into a Med school in U.S.A..thanks again

  13. ibraiz says:

    i am an interventional cardiologist and am very grateful for a very satisfying choice of careers. It is hard work but no regrets. Dream and work and hope it becomes reality. :)

  14. Kelani olawunmi says:

    I’m gonna be a cardiologist no matter wat i wil surely achieve ma goal

  15. Scott says:

    My girl friend is a cardiologist and lives in Russia. She is planning to come to America and apply for Cardiology jobs. Does any one know what the certification process is for entering from a foreign country?

  16. Keidra says:

    I’m going to be a cardiologist. I actually have previous experience with devices such as the ECHO and EKG as well as needles. I learned all this stuff through a program in my high school. I’ve seen open heart surgery, met a cardiac surgeon, and performed CPR twice. All this before turning 19. I was also told by several people that they would like to work for me or to have me as their physician. I am eternally grateful for all that has happened me. I aim to make those people proud. I’ll be the best cardiologist ever!

  17. norma says:

    I would like to work as cardiologist .I work at echocardiography and coronary angioplasty at national heart institute .I would like to work in new Zealand. If it is possible contact me

  18. Juana says:

    I’m 13, and my plan is to become a cardiologist in the future!

  19. future_life_saver225 says:


  20. abdihalim says:


    I am a student in Russia and i am medical student and my ambitions are to become a cardiologist one of the fine days , if i do my specialization in Russia can i work either in the US, CANADA, AUSTRALIA or UK


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