Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Plastic Surgeon in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $254,599 per year. Pay generally spreads from $89,220 to $516,607 per year. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (?
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$95,748 - $498,068
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MEDIAN: $246,176
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Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salary (?
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$14.79 - $152.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$180K$360K$540K
Salary
$95,748 - $498,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $98,264  
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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$89,220 - $516,607  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $152.05  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $275.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $98,264  
   
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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$89,220 - $516,607  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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.
Plastic Surgeons do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Large paychecks—surpassing six figures—are handed out immediately, with typical salaries starting at $240,894 per year. Earnings total $296,732 after one to two decades. Plastic Surgeons who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $308,377. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$255,000
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For those looking to make money, Plastic Surgeons in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 77 percent above the national average. Plastic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent). Plastic Surgeons in Houston earn salaries far below the national average by 37 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Plastic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$255,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%
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