Surgeon Salary

The typical Surgeon Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Surgeons work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and dental offices. A surgeon’s wages will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Surgeons reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Median Hourly & Annual Data

 Hourly

The mean Surgeon salary is $112.09 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $61.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $100.00 per hour.

Annually

On an annual basis the mean salary is $231,550 The lowest 10% earn less than $118,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $187,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Hourly Wage

$61.21

$90

$90

$90

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Annual Wage

$127,320

$187,199

$187,199

$187,199

$187,199

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Lowest and Highest Surgeon Salary

The lowest paid Surgeons earn mean or average wages below $60.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $120.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.  Some online sources report a surgeon earns over $300,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best paying states are Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee and South Dakota.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Surgeon salary are Worcester MA-CT, Waterbury CT, Providence-Warwick RI-MA, Portland MA, and Nashua NH-MA.

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Other Industries that Employ Surgeons

Colleges or schools of medicine, government services and the military employ a small number of the total number of surgeons working in the U.S.

Employment Data

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are over 42,000 Surgeons working in the U.S.

Where They Work

Over 31,000 surgeons work in physicians offices. Over 6500 are employed by hospitals. A small number work in other settings.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Surgeons like many physicians are considered to be primarily in private practice or self-employed. Surgeons who are in private practice are responsible for running a small business. They may hire employees, order supplies, and keep records, among other tasks. Most medical providers hire an office manager to run the business while they treat patients.

Benefits

Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

Lowest and Highest Surgeon Salary

The lowest paid Surgeons earn mean or average wages below $60.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $120.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries. Some online sources report a surgeon earns over $300,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best paying states are Wyoming, West Virginia, Washington, South Dakota, and Oregon.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Surgeon salary are Portsmouth, NH-ME, Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME, Pittsfield, MA, Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division and Danbury, CT.

Other Industries that Employ Surgeons

Colleges or schools of medicine, government services and the military employ a small number of the total number of surgeons working in the U.S.

Employment Data

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are over 42,000 Surgeons working in the U.S.  Projected demand is that there will be a need for almost 65,000 surgeons by the year 2022.

Where They Work

Over 31,000 surgeons work in physicians offices. Over 6500 are employed by hospitals. A small number work in other settings.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Surgeons like many physicians are considered to be primarily in private practice or self-employed. Surgeons who are in private practice are responsible for running a small business. They may hire employees, order supplies, and keep records, among other tasks. Most medical providers hire an office manager to run the business while they treat patients. 

A 2012 survey of all doctors showed that approximately half of the respondents were in private practice.  The trend for the last 40 years shows that more doctors are electing not to enter into private practice. 

Benefits

Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)[1]

A General Surgeon earns an average salary of £60,841 per year. The salary ranges from £29,000 to £150,000 with a median of £60,841. They also receive a bonus up to £44,042. The variation in salary depends on the location and experience.

Canada[2]

In Canada, a General Surgeon earns an average salary of $147,395 per year. The salary ranges from $49,000 to $400,000 with a median of $147,395. They also receive a bonus up to $52,080. The variation in salary depends on the location and experience.

 Australia[3]

Surgeons treat diseases, deformities, human functioning, and injuries by invasive methods. Surgeons use specialised instruments and appliances, and sometimes manual manipulation.

  • Starting salary: $125,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $420,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $215,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:8,000 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 8,200)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Surgeon is 52.7 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Surgeon include:NSW: 23.7%WA: 22.2%QLD: 20.5%

[1] http://www.payscale.com/research/UK/Job=General_Surgeon/Salary [2] http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=General_Surgeon/Salary [3] http://www.open.edu.au/careers/healthcare-medical-pharmaceuticals/surgeons