Surgeon, Trauma Salary
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.
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.Read More...
This can be a stressful position in a fast-paced environment, so it is important to be able to stay focused and work well under pressure. In addition to performing and overseeing operations, trauma surgeons also play a role in maintaining patients' vital signs as they recover and occasionally making diagnoses to determine what sort of treatment, or referral to another specialist, is necessary. They also perform various exams and consultations.
Trauma surgeons should have completed medical school with a concentration in surgery, which requires many years of education and current board certification, often including certification for trauma and general surgery. Teamwork skills are important in this position, as trauma surgeons are usually assisted by other medical staff, and they may also work with other medical doctors who oversee patients' treatment. Candidates should have some prior experience in surgery or other ER work, either through previous employment or internship. This job requires working with patients of many different age groups and abilities and knowledge of a wide range of surgical procedures.
Surgeon, Trauma Tasks
- 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.
- Provide trauma care and participate in the trauma surgeon call schedule.
- 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.
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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.