General Surgeon Salary

General Surgeons in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $247K annually. Final cash compensation to General Surgeons varies from around $103K to approximately $359K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $41K and $51K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Surgeons. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$102,398 - $354,039
(Median)
$100K
$250K
$350K
MEDIAN: $246,520
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$12.60 - $124.23
(Median)
$13
$54
$120
MEDIAN: $54.00
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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
$102,398 - $354,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,805  
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $51,204  
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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$102,875 - $359,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 798
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $124.23  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $206.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,805  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,482 - $51,204  
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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$102,875 - $359,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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. Bariatrics and General Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Surgery. General Surgery is a skill commonly found among those who know Bariatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many General Surgeons, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $229K per year. General Surgeons bring in $261K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned General Surgeons with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $294K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for General Surgeons, Pittsburgh offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+4 percent) and Baltimore (+2 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for General Surgeons is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (20 percent lower) and Seattle (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$249,000


Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

Bariatrics
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General Surgery
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National Average
$249,000

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
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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