General Surgeon Salary

Salaries for General Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($247K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $40K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $51K, overall incomes of General Surgeons spread between $104K and $359K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all General Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$103,397 - $353,697

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$12.60 - $124.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$103,397 - $353,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,386  
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $51,204  
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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$103,590 - $358,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 796
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $124.23  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $206.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,386  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $51,204  
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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$103,590 - $358,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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 focused set of job skills. Bariatrics and General Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Surgery. It is not unusual for someone who knows Bariatrics to be familiar with General Surgery as well.

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

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


General Surgeons with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $230K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $261K in this role. General Surgeons who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $294K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for General Surgeons that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Pittsburgh offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+4 percent) and Baltimore (+2 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with General Surgeons in Houston earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (20 percent lower) and Seattle (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$249,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 7%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$249,000

Surgery
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 9%
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