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Cardiothoracic surgeons provide tremendous value to the patients and institutions they serve. But understanding their value and translating it into fair compensation has always been challenging. While there are external resources that provide general guidance on surgeon compensation, there are no compensation surveys that capture the nuances of the specialty. Until now.

STS has commissioned Gallagher, a consulting firm with more than four decades of experience in physician compensation and valuation services, to conduct a first-of-its-kind compensation survey in early October to help CT surgeons practicing in the U.S. understand their value in the market specific to their specialty, practice, career stage, and geographic region. Data collected will be kept confidential and will not be shared with STS.

A compensation report, featuring only aggregated data consistent with federal guidelines to ensure data integrity and anonymity, will make it easier for CT surgeons to evaluate employment opportunities and negotiate salaries and benefits.

The compensation report—slated for release January 2024—will be available to STS surgeon members who participate in the survey at no cost, and to STS members and nonmembers who do not participate in the survey for a fee.

How To Participate in the STS Compensation Survey

Non-resident/trainee CT surgeons should have received an email with instructions on how to complete the survey from Gallagher or you can access the survey here. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Participants should have their 2022 W-2 (or equivalent income documentation), compensation plan, and associated annual compensation calculations and productivity (e.g., wRVUs, etc.) reports at hand before they begin. Participants should contact their practice administrator if they do not have access to the required documentation.

Deadline for completing the survey is October 27, 2023.

If you have questions or do not receive an email invitation but wish to participate, email jenna_lambrecht@ajg.com.