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Surgeon, Trauma Salary

Generous salaries abound for Trauma Surgeons in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($300K) per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $119K, and the top verges on $427K per year. Work is enjoyable for Trauma Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Trauma Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$115,272 - $413,207
MEDIAN: $295,137

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$115,272 - $413,207  
$0.00 - $61,825  
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).
$119,269 - $426,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for Surgeon, Trauma

Surgery is among the most demanding and difficult jobs that a person can do, and trauma surgery is one of the most intense categories of an already intense job category. The trauma surgeon is tasked with saving the lives of people who suffer injuries that are serious and which pose an immediate danger to the life of the patient. This includes those who are injured during a violent attack or automobile accident. This is a very difficult and stressful job that can be done only by people who have significant levels of surgical training and a high degree of nerve to be able to compose themselves in situations where time is of the absolute essence. The trauma surgeon may work in a team with other surgeons, as the situation demands.


Surgeon, Trauma Tasks

  • Assist the Surgical Director of Trauma with monitoring the trauma performance improvement and patient safety process.
  • Assist the Surgical Director of Trauma in providing management of patients assigned to the trauma service.
  • Provide trauma care and participate in the trauma surgeon call schedule.
  • Ensure that quality care and appropriate treatment are delivered to the trauma patient and initiate changes as needed to improve quality of care.
  • Serve as a consultant to the medical and nursing staff on trauma-related issues.

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Pay by Experience Level for Surgeon, Trauma

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

Trauma Surgeons do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Trauma Surgeons in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $273K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $290K. Trauma Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $319K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Trauma Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $357K.

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Experience Affects Surgeon, Trauma Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


21 %
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%