How Much Do Surgeons Make?

Surgeon SalarySurgeons treat illness and injuries by way of surgical procedure. A patient will usually have been referred to a surgeon by their physician, with some notes for the surgeon to review.

Surgeons operate on patients to treat almost any injury, such as; tumors, broken bones, diseases, and corrective or cosmetic procedures. Outside of this, surgeons give advice and explain medical procedures to patients and their families.

Surgery involves cutting into the body to repair, diagnose, or replace parts of the body. Surgeons are in charge of managing the procedures, and work with a team of medical professionals.

There are different areas of specialty that surgeons can specialize in, these include;

  • Upper GI
  • Plastic surgery
  • Oncology
  • Thoracic
  • Pediatric
  • Cardiac
  • Ophthalmology

Surgeon Salary

So, how much do surgeons make? The average surgeons’ salary is $255,110. This is for the general surgery occupation, and recorded  by looking the median wage.

Median wages are a good way of calculating an average salary. It’s calculated by looking at the midpoint of the recorded occupation salary. Meaning half the workers earned less than this amount, and half earned more than.

A surgeons starting salary is around $94,960. This figure represents the point in which the lowest 10% earn less than. While the top 10% of this surgical profession earn in excess of $208,000, showing how experience and expertise can boost salary considerably.

The salaries for surgeons vary for a number of reasons. These include the industry, size of company, years of experience, level of expertise, and qualifications. A surgeon can typically expect to see their salary steadily increase the longer they are practicing in the same location.

It’s normal for surgeons to not only work irregular hours, but to work marathon shifts covering hours in a single surgery. Emergencies can come in at any time of day or night. So surgeons on call can be called in to operate on a moment’s notice.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
0.21
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.11
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.67
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.37
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota


0.25


Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
State Government
0.02
Diagnostic and Medical Laboratories
0.03
Physicians Offices
1.28
$119.18
$247,900
Outpatient Care Centers
0.12
$116.73
$242,800
Research and Development
0.01
$114.45
$238,060

Surgeon Job Description

Surgeon Job DescriptionWhat do surgeons do? Surgeons care for patients who need an operation. From consulting with the patient and explaining the procedure, to carrying out the operation. They also offer some aftercare, making sure the patient is recovering well and offering any additional advice.

A surgeon needs to be able to put patients at ease. Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, and compassion are assets to a surgeon’s role. Along with being able to work under extreme pressure, and make life-depending decisions.

To embark on a surgeons career there are many years at medical school, qualifications, and further training. There are also regular developments in the medical world, meaning the learning curve never tapers off completely.

Some of the key duties for a surgeon include:

  • Meeting with the patient and their families to discuss the impending surgery.
  • Taking any necessary tests and x-rays.
  • Perform operations with a team of medical professionals.
  • Work with nurses and doctors after a surgery as part of patient aftercare.
  • Do hospital rounds visiting with patients.

Surgeons are also responsible for training other surgeons, and medical interns. There is a great deal of interaction with other medical professionals, making working relationships an important part of the role.

Surgeons spend most of their time in the operating room. Some surgeries can take many hours without a break. They also have an office where they carry out consultations and patients.

Emergency surgeries will happen. So surgeons spend a lot of time on call, and are required to respond quickly in the case of an emergency. Meaning they often have to sacrifice their home-life, and put work first. This can be stressful if there is not a great deal of support from their family.

Surgeons work with a wide range of tools during a surgical procedure. From scalpels and saws, to more sophisticated electronic tools used in keyhole surgeries. Keeping up with modern technology is an absolute must, with patients often demanding the highest level of medical care.

Surgeon Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
0.096
$111.29
$231,480
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.205
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.133
$118.11
$245,660
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.471
$110.35
$229,540
California Flag
California
0.324
$111.12
$231,120
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.472
$111.87
$232,680
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
0.496
$99.35
$206,650
Delaware flag
Delaware
0.439
Florida Flag
Florida
0.293
$119.88
$249,350
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.282
$122.73
$255,280
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
Idaho Flag
Idaho
0.193
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.243
$117.17
$243,710
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.264
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.283
$119.86
$249,310
Kansas Flag
Kansas
0.206
$119.46
$248,470
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
0.45
$121.14
$251,970
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.251
$110.84
$230,550
Maine Flag
Maine
0.458
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.23
$124.50
$258,960
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.563
$123.78
$257,460
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.189
$107.07
$222,700
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.474
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.386
$125.32
$260,660
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.101
Montana Flag
Montana
0.273
$104.05
$216,410
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.241
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.282
$124.93
$259,850
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
0.371
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.423
$124.68
$259,340
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.069
New York Flag
New York
0.271
$105.22
$218,860
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
0.373
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
0.25
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.312
$113.61
$236,320
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.367
$100.92
$209,910
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.372
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.369
$113.22
$235,500
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
0.444
$124.98
$259,950
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
0.189
$107.94
$224,510
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.673
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.256
$117.58
$244,570
Texas Flag
Texas
0.263
$108.91
$226,540
Utah Flag
Utah
0.157
Vermont Flag
Vermont
0.536
$92.05
$191,470
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.268
$116.97
$243,300
Washington Flag
Washington
0.287
$115.52
$240,280
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.112
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.279
$117.03
$243,420
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
0.207

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Portsmouth – NH / ME
0.53
South Portland / Portland / Biddeford – ME
0.53
Pittsfield, MA
2.05
Peabody – MA NECTA Division
Methuen / Lawrence / Salem, MA / NH – NECTA Division
0.81

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Northwestern Texas – non-metropolitan area
North Central Tennessee – non-metropolitan area
0.42
Eastern South Dakota – non-metropolitan area
Eastern Oregon – -non-metropolitan area
Other Ohio –non-metropolitan area
0.14

Surgeon Job Outlook

The outlook for surgeons is very positive. There is an estimated 14% growth between 2016 and 2026. This is faster than the average for all occupations, and is in-line with previous trends.

There are numerous reasons for this growth. The expansion of healthcare industries is a large contributing factor, along with the increase in demand for medical care.

One of the factors that reduce the growth is the introduction of new technology. While new technology is good for the medical field, the machinery is doing some work previously done manually.

The greatest job prospects are for surgeons willing to practice in low-income rural areas. There is a greater demand for surgeons in these areas, presenting some interesting opportunities for surgeons.

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