A vascular surgeon treats patients with diseases affecting the arteries, veins, and lymphatic system, with the exception of areas within the heart and brain. Salaries for vascular surgeons in the US are at the high end at $337,110 on average compared to Rs150,000 ($2,189 USD) in India, the lowest of the countries reviewed for this guide. Salary ranges vary based on geographic region and experience with details outlined in this guide.
How Much Does a Vascular Surgeon Make Per Year?
Salaries vary worldwide based on geographic region and experience. Further information is outlined for select countries.
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Factors That Influence the Vascular Surgeon Salary
Due to the required level of education and training to practice as a vascular surgeon, this is not a strong influencer of income. Salary ranges vary worldwide with experience and geographic region being the strongest factors in determining income.
1. Geographic Area
Vascular Surgeon Salary in US
Vascular surgeons in the US earn between $246,186 and $492,097 per year, according to payscale.com. Bonuses can increase pay by nearly $10,000 to more than $82,000 per year, and some employers offer profit sharing incentives of an additional $90,000. While incomes are well in the six figure range for entry level surgeons, salary peaks late career for those with 20 years’ or more experience.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in Canada
Vascular surgeons in Canada earn an average yearly salary of C$195,827. Entry level surgeons who are completing their training can expect an annual salary of more than C$65,500, increasing to more than C$412,000 with experience and further training. Bonuses may account for an additional C$7,500.
Income peaks for those with 10 to 20 years’ experience, possibly because some transition in their late career years from surgical practice to education and training where salaries may not be as high.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in UK
As with most healthcare positions in UK, vascular surgeons are funded by the National Health Service (NHS) with pay increasing according to experience. According to healthcareers.nhs.uk, while in year one of training, entry level pay is between £26,350 and £45,750.
As a specialist, income increases to between £37,547 and £70,018, and those with the most experience and training (consultants) earn a yearly income ranging from £76,001 to £102,465. Salaries may be higher for those who work in private clinical settings; in fact, indeed.co.uk features positions with earnings in excess of £107,500.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in Australia
In Australia, vascular surgeons earn an average annual salary of AU$215,000, according to open.edu.au. Entry level surgeons can expect an annual income of AU$125,000, increasing to more than AU$420,000 per year with experience. The areas employing the most vascular surgeons are New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in New Zealand
Physician salaries in New Zealand are outlined through government guidelines based on experience. The median salary for a vascular surgeon is NZ$335,000 per year. According to careers.govt.nz/jobs-database, entry level surgeons earn between NZ$70,000 and NZ$175,000 annually, increasing to a range of NZ$151,000 to NZ$600,000 for senior level surgeons. Overall pay may increase with overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 per week.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in India
Vascular surgeons in India earn about Rs150,000 per year, according to jobtonic.in; however, some areas of India garner higher salaries. About 80% of employment opportunities for vascular surgeons are in Kerala, followed by Punjab and Andhra Pradesh; however, salaries in Andhra Pradesh are significantly higher with vascular surgeons in that area earning Rs300,000 annually.
Vascular Surgeon Salary in South Africa
There is limited information on salaries for vascular surgeons in South Africa; however, because vascular surgery is a specialization of general surgery, incomes for general surgeons can be referred to as a guideline. Entry level surgeons earn about R50,335 per year, increasing to more than R1,370,000 annually with experience. The median income is R636,000 per year, but vascular surgeons here can earn an additional R120,000 through bonuses.
While vascular surgeons earn sizeable incomes worldwide, overall pay increases with experience. The US has the smallest gap between pay for entry level and senior level vascular surgeons; however, experience increases income by more than 100%. The country with the widest gap is South Africa where experienced surgeons earn about 2,622% more than trainees.
Experience is a consistent influence on income with sizeable difference between entry level pay and senior level pay for Australia (236%), UK (308%), Canada (529%) and New Zealand (757%).
To practice as a vascular surgeon, required education and training includes three to four years of medical school following an undergraduate degree and up to an additional seven years in training, internships and residency. After the successful completion of a licensing exam, most countries require continuing medical education training to maintain licensure.
Vascular surgeons perform procedures primarily in hospitals and medical centers or clinics due to the complexity of their work; however, employment may be through hospitals, clinics and private practice. Some vascular surgeons also work in education, especially those who may be employed by hospitals or medical centers associated with higher education.
Working hours for vascular surgeons vary worldwide. While surgeries are often scheduled during typical work hours Monday through Friday, there may be need for follow-up, on-call and emergency hours. Because many surgeons work in a hospital setting providing 24-hour care, their work schedule is subject to all days and hours of the week. Those employed under the NHS of UK have a full-time schedule of 37.5 hours while in Australia the average work week is nearly 53 hours. Some employers offer overtime pay.
Bonuses and Benefit Packages
It is common for vascular surgeons to receive a full benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Additional benefits may include bonus and profit sharing income and allowances for meals, housing and continuing medical education.
In the US, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 14% increase in demand for all surgeons, including vascular surgeons, between 2014 and 2024. With a worldwide aging population, overall demand for vascular surgeons will probably remain strong and support strong incomes. In fact, careers.govt.nz reports that demand in New Zealand will also stem from current surgeons who are over the age of 55 and expected to retire in the coming years
Vascular surgeons receive strong salaries worldwide, regardless if working as an entry level or senior level professional. An aging population and continued need for skilled surgeons are expected to maintain strong salary levels.