General Surgeon Salary

General Surgeons enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($255K) annually in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all General Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most General Surgeons like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$118,458 - $389,205
$120K
$250K
$390K
MEDIAN: $254,822
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50%
90%

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$11.78 - $119.20
$12
$59
$120
MEDIAN: $59.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$118,458 - $389,205  
   
Bonus
$1,919 - $101,053  
Profit Sharing
$49,132  
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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$103,245 - $398,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $119.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$10.07 - $228.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,919 - $101,053  
   
Commission
$20,500  
Profit Sharing
$49,132  
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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$103,245 - $398,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • Diagnose and follow up with patients during clinic visits.
  • Record and protect all patient information.
  • Educate patients and their families on surgery risks, benefits, and follow up needs.
  • Schedule, perform, and follow up with patient surgeries.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $249K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $249K on average. General Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $262K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $273K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $253,920

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

Pittsburgh is home to an above-average pay rate for General Surgeons, 20 percent higher than the national average. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+19 percent) and Miami (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Boston General Surgeons earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Seattle and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 21 percent.

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Key Stats for General Surgeon

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$254,000

▼2%

▼2%

Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

▲17%

Emergency/Trauma
▲10%

General Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$254,000

Surgery
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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