Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary

Generous salaries abound for Plastic Surgeons in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($260K) per year. Total cash compensation to Plastic Surgeons ranges from $88K on the lower end to $530K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $98K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two in five. Male Plastic 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 Plastic Surgeons. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$96,692 - $511,622
(Median)
$97K
$260K
$510K
MEDIAN: $260,232
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$16.77 - $262.54
(Median)
$17
$51
$260
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Salary
$96,692 - $511,622  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,871  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $99,329  
Commission
$47,932  
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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$87,861 - $530,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $262.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$71.43  
Overtime
$0.30 - $290.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,871  
   
Commission
$47,932  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $99,329  
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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$87,861 - $530,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgeons help create quality-of-life improvements for patients, generally working within a specialty that focuses on changing the appearance of various body parts or facial features. They work frequently to assist in the long-term care of burn patients and other victims of disfiguring injuries. Some plastic surgeons focus primarily on elective procedures such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation and reduction. They may also work with other specialists to assist in corrective procedures for birth defects or natal injuries. Additionally, plastic surgeons are common consultants for oncologists, as some cancer surgeries may alter the patient's appearance; the plastic surgeon may be able to mitigate these effects.

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Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Tasks

  • Provide follow-up evaluations.
  • Evaluate patients and determine appropritae surgery and treatment schedule.
  • Perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Participate in patient care panels and meetings.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon

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


For many Plastic Surgeons, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $255K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plastic Surgeons make a median salary of $297K. As Plastic Surgeons reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $322K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $272,912

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

For Plastic Surgeons, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Plastic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+38 percent) and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Plastic Surgeons in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 63 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Houston and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 41 percent lower and 33 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$273,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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