General Surgeon Salary
General Surgeons enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($255K) annually in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all General Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$118,458 - $389,205|
|Bonus||$1,919 - $101,053|
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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).)
|$103,245 - $398,751|
|Hourly Rate||$11.78 - $119.20|
|Overtime||$10.07 - $228.87|
|Bonus||$1,919 - $101,053|
|Total Pay (||$103,245 - $398,751|
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.Read More...
A surgeon generally spend most of their time planning and performing surgeries, medical procedures that involve cutting into a patient to diagnose and/or repair internal medical problems. General surgeons perform basic procedures and can often be observed performing surgeries such as an appendectomy.
General surgeons most often work for a hospital as part of the hospital's staff or as a private practice caregiver. A general surgeon performs their surgeries in a hospital operating room, and many work shifts that are more than 12 hours long. General surgeons spend many hours on their feet and must have excellent dexterity in their arms and hands.
General surgeons are highly trained individuals who have attended medical school after the completion of a bachelor's degree. Medical school is followed by a residency program in which a general surgeon is trained further so that they are eventually qualified and skilled enough to perform surgeries on their own.
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.
Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $249K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $249K on average. General Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $262K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $273K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
Pay Difference by Location
Pittsburgh is home to an above-average pay rate for General Surgeons, 20 percent higher than the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+19 percent) and Miami (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boston General Surgeons earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Seattle and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 21 percent.
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