General Surgeon Salary

Average pay for a General Surgeon in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $251K per year. Total cash compensation for General Surgeons runs from $112K to $379K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $76K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$119,628 - $363,096
(Median)
$120K
$250K
$360K
MEDIAN: $251,115
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$10.36 - $123.50
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$119,628 - $363,096  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,165  
Profit Sharing
$4,966 - $75,503  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$111,504 - $378,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 898
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $123.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$22.69 - $202.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,165  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,966 - $75,503  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$111,504 - $378,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for General Surgeon

A general surgeon is a physician that specializes in performing medical surgeries. A general surgeon often does not have a specialty as to the type of surgery they perform; this is in contrast to specialists such as neurosurgeons or orthopedic surgeons, who perform a limited range of surgeries but typically have a much deeper knowledge of their particular area of specialty. Most surgeons begin their careers as a general surgeon before specializing further.

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General Surgeon Tasks

  • Educate patients and their families on surgery risks, benefits, and follow up needs.
  • Schedule, perform, and follow up with patient surgeries.
  • Diagnose and follow up with patients during clinic visits.
  • Record and protect all patient information.

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General Surgeons report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Bariatrics, General Surgery, and Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Surgery, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those with knowledge of Bariatrics tend to be skilled in General Surgery as well.

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For General Surgeons, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $240K per year. General Surgeons bring in $267K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $295K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $251,882

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for General Surgeons that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Orlando offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a General Surgeon's salary, with Houston General Surgeons earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (21 percent lower) and Philadelphia (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%


Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$252,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 6%

General Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$252,000

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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