Surgeon, Trauma Salary

Compensation for Trauma Surgeons in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($306K). Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Trauma Surgeons are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$174,857 - $427,897
MEDIAN: $305,927

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$174,857 - $427,897  
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$169,829 - $432,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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.


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.

Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $299K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $344K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $336K.

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Experience Affects Surgeon, Trauma Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


24 %
76 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%