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Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Plastic Surgeon in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $258K per year. Total cash compensation to Plastic Surgeons bottoms out near $92K and approaches $513K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $98K from bonuses and almost $80K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (?
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$96,009 - $495,765
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MEDIAN: $250,742
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Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (?
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$16.77 - $152.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$180K$360K$540K
Salary
$96,009 - $495,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,939  
Profit Sharing
$2,447 - $79,660  
Commission
$8,000 - $46,370  
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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$92,198 - $512,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $152.05  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $275.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $97,939  
   
Commission
$8,000 - $46,370  
Profit Sharing
$2,447 - $79,660  
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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$92,198 - $512,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $250K on average. Plastic Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $290K. 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 $311K.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$258,000
Chicago
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New York
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Miami
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Houston
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Plastic Surgeons, 74 percent higher than the national average. Plastic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent). Compared to the national average, Houston Plastic Surgeons have considerably lower salaries, 38 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (30 percent lower) and New York (20 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 13%