General Surgeons in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $255K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male General Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$122,516 - $393,564
(Median)
$120K
$260K
$390K
MEDIAN: $255,473
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$11.79 - $120.00
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$12
$58
$120
MEDIAN: $58.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$122,516 - $393,564  
   
Bonus
$1,288 - $102,211  
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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$112,087 - $401,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 721
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $120.00  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $228.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,288 - $102,211  
   
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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$112,087 - $401,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $248K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $250K. On average, General Surgeons make $271K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average General Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $284K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $254,803

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 Orlando (+18 percent) and Miami (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boston General Surgeons earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Seattle and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries



National Average
$255,000



Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries


Emergency/Trauma
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General Surgery
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National Average
$255,000

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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