General Surgeon Salary
General Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $255K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male General Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.
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Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For General Surgeons, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $248K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $250K. On average, General Surgeons make $271K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average General Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $284K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, General Surgeons in Pittsburgh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+18 percent) and Miami (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boston General Surgeons earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Seattle and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).
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