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General Surgeon Salary (United States)

Average pay for General Surgeons in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($243K). Total cash compensation for General Surgeons runs from $99K to $353K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $45K and profit sharing that can reach almost $51K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for General Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male General Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
General Surgeon Salary (?
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$99,396 - $346,751
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $240,463
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General Surgeon Salary (?
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$14.45 - $132.77
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$99,396 - $346,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $44,952  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $50,684  
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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$99,451 - $352,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $132.77  
   
Overtime
$9.57 - $198.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $44,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $50,684  
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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$99,451 - $352,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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General Surgeons who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Bariatrics and General Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
General Surgeons with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $223K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Surgeons make a median salary of $255K. 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 $293K.

Pay Difference By Location

Pittsburgh
up arrow 23%
San Diego
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National Average
$243,000
Cleveland
up arrow 1%
Los Angeles
up arrow 6%
Boston
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 8%
New York
up arrow 11%
Chicago
up arrow 17%
Houston
up arrow 19%
Seattle
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Portland
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, General Surgeons in Pittsburgh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+4 percent). General Surgeons in Portland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Houston (29 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$243,000

Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
up arrow 19%
General Surgery
up arrow 4%
National Average
$243,000
Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 10%