Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary

Generous salaries abound for Plastic Surgeons in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($256K) per year. Overall incomes of Plastic Surgeons generally bottom out at around $90K and peak near $513K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $97K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a little over a half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plastic Surgeons. There are far more male Plastic Surgeons survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$96,180 - $500,562
(Median)
$96K
$260K
$500K
MEDIAN: $255,845
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$17.23 - $255.46
(Median)
$17
$51
$260
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Salary
$96,180 - $500,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $96,838  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $97,871  
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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$89,628 - $512,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$17.23 - $255.46  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $295.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $96,838  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $97,871  
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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$89,628 - $512,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 Plastic Surgeons, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $251K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Plastic Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $298K. 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 $334K.

Pay Difference by 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 Los Angeles (+29 percent). Plastic Surgeons in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 53 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 39 percent less in Houston and 13 percent less in San Francisco, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$264,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 12%
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