According to a 2006 Forbes article, doctors in general dominate the top 25 best-paying jobs in the United States. Cardiologists, or doctors who specialise in the heart, find themselves in this category along with surgeons, anesthesiologists, obstetricians and gynecologists.
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Those with the most experience have higher salaries than those with less. Veteran cardiologists, those with 20 or more years of experience have a salary range of £99,125 to £188,305, according to PayScale.com. Those with 10 to 19 years of experience have a salary range of £78,455 to £167,830. Starting cardiologists have the lowest salary range. In 2010, they have a salary range of £19,825 to £140,530.
Cardiologists have the option to work with several different types of employers. Those working for private practices have the highest salary range of £99,190 to £194,415. According to PayScale.com, those working for companies have a salary range of £66,105 to £169,390. Cardiologists employed by hospitals have a range of £64,480 to £155,740 and self-employed cardiologists have a range of £97,500 to £167,050. Non-profit organisations pay their cardiologists salaries that generally range from £76,635 to £132,275.
A cardiologist's operating state may influence their salary potential. Those working in New York have one of the higher salary ranges of £71,500 to £175,760; those in Ohio aren’t too far behind with a salary range of £65,520 to £176,865. Texas cardiologists have a salary range of £63,180 to £166,335 according to PayScale.com. California cardiologists have one of the lower salary ranges with incomes generally falling between £64,285 and £132,275 in 2010.
Number of Hospital Beds
The number of beds a hospital has is an indicator of its size and the number of patients it sees. According to PayScale.com, doctors working for hospitals with less than 50 beds have a salary range of £52,000 to £130,000 while those working for hospitals with 500 or more beds have a salary range of £93,665 to £166,010. Medium-sized hospitals may have the best salaries for cardiologists. Those with 100 to 299 beds and 300 to 499 beds have salary ranges of £76,635 to £182,000 and £64,090 to £161,135.
Cardiologists also have pretty good benefits, which may include a retirement plan like a 401(k), malpractice and liability insurance, or life and disability insurance. Other benefits a cardiologist may receive are paid holidays and vacation time, paid sick leave and a cell phone allowance.
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