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Surgeon, Trauma Salary

Salaries for Trauma Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($304K) per year. Earnings generally vary between $143K and $435K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Trauma Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Trauma Surgeons far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$144,864 - $423,776
MEDIAN: $304,198

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$144,864 - $423,776  
$0.00 - $60,820  
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).
$142,906 - $435,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $288K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $299K. Trauma Surgeons claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $346K. As Trauma Surgeons reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $371K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


17 %
83 %

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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%