General Surgeon Salary

General Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $255K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, General Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Male General Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$118,653 - $389,778
$120K
$250K
$390K
MEDIAN: $254,677
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50%
90%

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$11.76 - $109.22
$12
$58
$110
MEDIAN: $57.91
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$118,653 - $389,778  
   
Bonus
$1,973 - $101,779  
Profit Sharing
$49,435  
Commission
$20,500  
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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$102,946 - $399,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 716
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $109.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$10.21 - $225.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,973 - $101,779  
   
Commission
$20,500  
Profit Sharing
$49,435  
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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$102,946 - $399,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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

  • 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Annually raking in $248K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $266K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $276K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $254,164

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 Baltimore (+19 percent), Orlando (+18 percent), Miami (+17 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). General Surgeons in Boston earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (22 percent less) and Houston (20 percent less).

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Key Stats for General Surgeon

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$254,000

▼2%

▼2%

Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

▲16%

Emergency/Trauma
▲10%


National Average
$254,000

Surgery
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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