Cardiologist Salary Guide

Do you know how much cardiologists make? And how does the salary for cardiologists compare across states and between perm and temp work? Follow along to find out!

Discover our cardiologist salary guide to find:

  • Cardiologist Salary
  • Cardiologist Salary by State
  • How Do Cardiologist Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?
  • How Much Will Cardiologists  Make in 2024?

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NP salary guide

How Much Do Cardiologists Make?

The average annual cardiologist salary is $421,330 per year in the U.S., according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, cardiologists make a total of $507,000 per year, according to Medscape’s 2023 cardiologist compensation report.  

Physician compensation has overall increased in recent years, as the demand for providers continues to increase. 

How Much Do Locum Tenens Cardiologists Make?

Locum tenens cardiologists can make upwards of $255 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

If you were to extrapolate that rate over a year (at 40 hours per week), the average locum salary comes out to around $530,400. 

That means locum tenens cardiologists can make up to roughly 26% more than the average provider. However, making direct salary comparisons can be complicated. While perm cardiologists are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens cardiologists are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year. 

Furthermore, because locum tenens cardiologists are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried cardiologist  additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.

Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm cardiologists salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance

Cardiologist Salary by State

The most recent state breakdown of cardiologists salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. However, the top 5 highest paying states for cardiologist salaries are:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia 

How Do Cardiologist Salaries Compare Against Other Physician Specialties?

Cardiologists are within the top 3 highest earning specialties surveys in the Medscape 2023 physician compensation report.  The top five specialties (plastic surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology) all reported annual income of greater than $500,000. 

How Much Will Cardiologists Make in 2024?

Cardiologists salaries have been increased over the last several years, with a 35% increase in reported salary since 2015. In 2023, cardiologist salaries increased 3.47% from the previous year. A safe estimate is that cardiologists will make around $524,593 in annual salary in 2024.

Find Your Next Cardiologist Job with Barton

Barton coordinates your job search from start to finish!



We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

Your Barton team will then go to work, compiling a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.



Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



Don’t worry! Barton Associates will handle licensing, credentialing, and travel arrangements before you arrive.

Your Barton rep will also work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one.


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