General Surgeon Salary

On average, General Surgeons in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($258K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Generally, women make up less than a third of all General Surgeons who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$118,372 - $391,743
$120K
$260K
$390K
MEDIAN: $258,050
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50%
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$11.87 - $148
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$56
$150
MEDIAN: $56.23
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$0$401K
Salary $118,372 - $391,743
Bonus $1,976 - $99,487
Profit Sharing $7,757 - $153,193
Commission $35,000
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).
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$103,606 - $401,586
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,188
Hourly Data $0$222
Hourly Rate $11.87 - $148
Hourly Tips $0.31
Overtime $9.93 - $223
Annual Data $0$401K
Bonus $1,976 - $99,487
Commission $35,000
Profit Sharing $7,757 - $153,193
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).
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$103,606 - $401,586
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 78

Job Description for General Surgeon

A general surgeon is a physician that specializes in performing medical surgeries. A general surgeon often does not have a specialty as to the type of surgery they perform; this is in contrast to specialists such as neurosurgeons or orthopedic surgeons, who perform a limited range of surgeries but typically have a much deeper knowledge of their particular area of specialty. Most surgeons begin their careers as a general surgeon before specializing further.

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General Surgeon Tasks

  • Diagnose and follow up with patients during clinic visits.
  • Record and protect all patient information.
  • Educate patients and their families on surgery risks, benefits, and follow up needs.
  • Schedule, perform, and follow up with patient surgeries.

General Surgeon Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for General Surgeon

Pay by Experience for a General Surgeon has a positive trend. An entry-level General Surgeon with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $249,000 based on 373 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Surgeon with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $249,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced General Surgeon which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $262,000 based on 185 salaries. A General Surgeon with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $273,000 based on 147 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $257,446

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, General Surgeons in Pittsburgh receive some of the highest pay in the country. General Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+18 percent) and Miami (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with General Surgeons in Boston earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Houston (22 percent lower).

General Surgeon Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a General Surgeon?

General Surgeon in Atlanta:
Pros: I get to interact with other people.
Cons: I usually get stressed out when I have to do something unexpecdetly.

General Surgeon in Medford:
"High stress level, poor management."
Pros: Variety of learning tasks and positions, work experience.
Cons: High expectations, high stress, low pay, low gratitude.

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Key Stats for General Surgeon

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects General Surgeon Salaries

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$257,000

▼3%

▼3%

Skills That Affect General Surgeon Salaries

▲16%

Emergency/Trauma
▲9%

National Average
$257,000

General Surgery
▼1%

Surgery
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 12%