Cardiologists often work irregular hours and are frequently on call at the weekend. You need to be flexible as hours can be long. Cardiologists typically spend around 75% of their time per week on direct clinical care.
Physician workweeks: A look at the data
|2018 Average Physician Hours Worked Per Week|
|Physician Type||Average Physician Workweek|
|Employed physicians||53.73 hours|
|Primary care physicians||50.64 hours|
|Physician specialists||51.76 hours|
About a third to a half of physicians get in 2-4 weeks of vacation time a year. Like their fellow Americans, however, over a third (38.3%) of family physicians and almost as many emergency medicine physicians (35.3%), internists (33.9%), and general surgeons (32.5%) take off for 2 weeks a year at most.Mar 22, 2012
Almost half of doctors also identified that they work 51–60 hours, while only 36 percent said they work 31-40 hours each week. Working too many hours raises a doctor's chances of experiencing physician burnout. The odds rise by 3 percent for each additional hour a physician works each week. General surgery: 77 percent.Mar 22, 2019
How Much Do Cardiologist Jobs Pay per Hour?
|Annual Salary||Hourly Wage|
What kind of hours do cardiologists work? Cardiology physicians who work in a clinical setting usually keep standard office hours while those working in a hospital could work nights, weekends and holidays and also work rotating on-call shifts. Cardiology fellows could spend up to 80 hours per week working.
Residents work 40–80 hours a week depending on specialty and rotation within the specialty, with residents occasionally logging 136 (out of 168) hours in a week. Some studies show that about 40% of this work is not direct patient care, but ancillary care, such as paperwork.
According to the BLS, the average hourly wage of a doctor is roughly $89. The hourly wage is higher for some specialties and lower for other specialties. Anesthesiologists average about $113 an hour, surgeons average about $111 an hour, internists average about $91 an hour, and pediatricians average about $81 an hour.