Six-figure salaries are the norm for Trauma Surgeons in the United States, with median pay hovering around $310K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Trauma Surgeons making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Women Trauma Surgeons who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Trauma Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$129,614 - $441,789
(Median)
$130K
$310K
$440K
MEDIAN: $310,403
10%
50%
90%

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$60.00 - $120.08
(Median)
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$110
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MEDIAN: $108.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$150K$300K$450K
Salary
$129,614 - $441,789  
   
Bonus
$4,818 - $60,539  
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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$130,900 - $445,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$108.36  
   
Overtime
$122.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$4,818 - $60,539  
   
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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$130,900 - $445,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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Job Description for Surgeon, Trauma

Trauma surgeons generally work in and around the emergency rooms of hospitals, including both emergency departments and operating rooms. When an individual suffers a sudden injury, these surgeons are tasked with treating them and preventing injuries from worsening.

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $305K. Trauma Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $350K. Trauma Surgeons who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Surgeon, Trauma Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$314,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Surgeon, Trauma Salaries

General Surgery
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National Average
$314,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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