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Surgeon, Trauma Salary

Wages for Trauma Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($302K) per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $140K, and the top verges on $437K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Trauma Surgeons. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Trauma Surgeons greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$124,470 - $424,890
MEDIAN: $302,218

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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.
$124,470 - $424,890  
$0.00 - $59,180  
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).
$140,000 - $436,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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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.

For Trauma Surgeons, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $290K per year. Trauma Surgeons see a median salary of $334K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Trauma Surgeons reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $366K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


23 %
77 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%