General Surgeon Salary

Wages for General Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($246K) per year. Overall cash earnings for General Surgeons stretch from $102K on the lower end to $361K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $42K from bonuses and $51K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, General Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$101,975 - $354,264
(Median)
$100K
$250K
$350K
MEDIAN: $246,063
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$12.60 - $123.94
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$13
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$120
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$101,975 - $354,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,935  
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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$102,057 - $360,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 796
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $123.94  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $206.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,935  
   
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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$102,057 - $360,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Survey takers who work as General Surgeons report a focused set of job skills. Bariatrics and General Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

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


General Surgeons do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $227K per year. On average, General Surgeons make $264K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned General Surgeons with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $294K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, General Surgeons in Pittsburgh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+5 percent) and Oklahoma City (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Houston General Surgeons earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Boston and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$248,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
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General Surgery
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National Average
$248,000

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

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: 50% employee benefits None: 9%
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