Cardiologist Salary

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How much does a cardiologist make? The average salary for cardiologists is about $400,000 annually for one who is experienced. The beginning cardiologist salary ranges between $180,000 and $250,000 annually. The salary for the upper 10 percent is $300,000 annually, or an hourly wage of $200 per hour. The lower 10 percent earn about $150 per hour or $150,000 annually.

A cardiologist has specialized training in diagnosing, treating and preventing cardiovascular disease, or diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Cardiologists are not surgeons, however they are doctors that perform certain procedures such as cardiac catheterizations requiring an incision for a pacemaker. They may perform or order tests such as an echocardiogram, ambulatory ECG, and stress or exercise tests.

The field of cardiology has several sub-specialties, and salaries vary among them. A pediatric cardiologist diagnoses and treats cardiovascular abnormalities in infants, children and teenagers. A pediatric cardiologist’s annual salary is $241,000, less than the average general cardiologist. However, the top 10 percent have an annual salary of $352,000.

A non invasive cardiologist deals with non-surgical procedures. They treat various conditions, perform diagnostic tests and prescribe drugs. Their average salary ranges between $82,550 and $364,966. The invasive cardiologist performs catherization to detect artery blockage as well as all the duties that a noninvasive cardiologist performs. Their average salary ranges between $77,566 and $403,499.

An interventional cardiologist performs all duties as the above as well as certain surgical procedures such as balloon angioplasty and the placement of stints inside narrowing arteries. The average salary for an interventional cardiologist is $312,361 with $100,000 being the lowest expected salary and $700,000 the highest.

A cardiologist consults with any other doctors and nurses who provide medical care to a patient. They may be employed in single or group private practices. Some cardiologists have special teaching interests and work at colleges and universities. They may participate in research as well as care for patients. Veteran’s Administration hospitals around the nation employ all types of cardiologists. All branches of the Armed Forces also have cardiologists on their medical staff.


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