Surgeon, Trauma Salary

Generous salaries abound for Trauma Surgeons in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($302K) per year. Earnings generally vary between $124K and $437K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men make up the vast majority of Trauma Surgeons (82 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Trauma Surgeons. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$117,531 - $430,279
MEDIAN: $301,774

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$117,531 - $430,279  
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$123,810 - $437,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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.

Trauma Surgeons with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Annually raking in $288K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. On average, Trauma Surgeons make $346K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Trauma Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $376K.

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Experience Affects Surgeon, Trauma Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%