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General Surgeon Salary

Salaries for General Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($246K) per year. Total incomes of General Surgeons incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $44K from bonuses and close to $51K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $102K and $359K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Job satisfaction for General Surgeons is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$101,221 - $352,693
(Median)
$100K
$250K
$350K
MEDIAN: $245,846
10%
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90%

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$14.68 - $129.56
(Median)
$15
$57
$130
MEDIAN: $57.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$101,221 - $352,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $43,572  
Profit Sharing
$3,466 - $51,064  
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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$101,734 - $359,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 772
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $129.56  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $206.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $43,572  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,466 - $51,064  
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).
)
$101,734 - $359,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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 17 percent and 3 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.


For General Surgeons, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $228K per year. General Surgeons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $260K. 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


For General Surgeons, busy Pittsburgh offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Houston General Surgeons earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$248,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 17%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$248,000

Surgery
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
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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