General Surgeon Salary

General Surgeons in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $251K annually. Total cash earnings of General Surgeons range from $112K on the low end to $379K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $41K and $76K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$119,628 - $363,096
(Median)
$120K
$250K
$360K
MEDIAN: $251,115
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$10.36 - $123.50
(Median)
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$60
$120
MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$130K$260K$390K
Salary
$119,628 - $363,096  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,165  
Profit Sharing
$4,966 - $75,503  
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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$111,504 - $378,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 898
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $123.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$22.69 - $202.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,165  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,966 - $75,503  
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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$111,504 - $378,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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General Surgeons note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Bariatrics, General Surgery, and Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Surgery, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those with knowledge of Bariatrics tend to be skilled in General Surgery as well.

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. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $240K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $267K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $295K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $251,882

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, General Surgeons in Orlando receive some of the highest pay in the country. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Houston General Surgeons have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Philadelphia (21 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$252,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 6%

General Surgery
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National Average
$252,000

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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