General Surgeon Salary

On average, General Surgeons in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($257K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$115,629 - $390,770
$120K
$260K
$390K
MEDIAN: $257,118
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$11.66 - $148.99
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MEDIAN: $56.17
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$0$400K
Salary $115,629 - $390,770
Bonus $1,996 - $100,822
Profit Sharing $64,000
Commission $20,500
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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$101,233 - $400,940
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 663
Hourly Data $0$224
Hourly Rate $11.66 - $148.99
Hourly Tips $0.31
Overtime $8.25 - $224.89
Annual Data $0$400K
Bonus $1,996 - $100,822
Commission $20,500
Profit Sharing $64,000
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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$101,233 - $400,940
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

Pay by Experience for a General Surgeon has a positive trend. An entry-level General Surgeon with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $249,000 based on 373 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Surgeon with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $249,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced General Surgeon which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $262,000 based on 185 salaries. A General Surgeon with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $273,000 based on 147 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $255,680

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

For General Surgeons, working in the bustling city of Pittsburgh has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+18 percent) and Miami (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a General Surgeon's salary, with Boston General Surgeons earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Houston (22 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a General Surgeon?

General Surgeon in Atlanta:
Pros: I get to interact with other people.
Cons: I usually get stressed out when I have to do something unexpecdetly.

General Surgeon in Medford:
"High stress level, poor management."
Pros: Variety of learning tasks and positions, work experience.
Cons: High expectations, high stress, low pay, low gratitude.

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Key Stats for General Surgeon

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$256,000

▼3%

▼3%

Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

▲16%

Emergency/Trauma
▲9%

General Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$256,000

Surgery
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 13%
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