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General Surgeon Salary

On average, General Surgeons in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($245K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings for General Surgeons — which occasionally include more than $44K from bonuses and more than $51K from profit sharing — stretch from around $100K to approximately $360K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Generally, women make up less than a third of all General Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Work is enjoyable for General Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$100,300 - $352,836
(Median)
$100K
$240K
$350K
MEDIAN: $244,763
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50%
90%

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$14.49 - $132.77
(Median)
$14
$50
$130
MEDIAN: $50
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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
$100,300 - $352,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $44,323  
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $50,868  
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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$100,436 - $359,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 767
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $132.77  
   
Overtime
$19.75 - $212.00  
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.
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $44,323  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $50,868  
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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$100,436 - $359,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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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Professional skills reported by General Surgeons are few in number. Those who have experience with Bariatrics, General Surgery, and Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $227K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. For General Surgeons, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $260K. 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 $295K.

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$247,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 18%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$247,000

Surgery
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 9%