According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there were 24,880 active general surgeons in the U.S. in 2021. That number almost triples when you factor in surgery specialties like plastic, orthopedic, vascular and more.
Surgeons have varying salaries based on specialty, location and other factors, but it is a good idea to have a general understanding of salary to help guide negotiations and create a financial plan.
There is varying data available for surgeon salaries, but in this article we will use Medscape’s general surgeon salary data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “all other surgeons,” which includes all surgical specialties except orthopedic and pediatric surgeons and ophthalmologists.
According to the BLS, the mean annual wage for “all other” surgeons is $297,800.
Medscape reports that general surgeons’ average annual earnings were $402,000 in 2022.
The mean annual wage for surgeons as reported by the BLS equates to an hourly wage of $143.17.
Surgeons’ salaries can vary greatly by state and territory, ranging from $193,080 in Alabama to $359,220 in North Dakota. According to the BLS, these are the annual mean salaries for “all other” surgeons by state:
According to the BLS, these are the highest paying states for “all other” surgeons:
According to Medscape, general surgeons make an average of $402,000 per year. The average salaries for other medical specialties are as follows:
According to data from Medscape, 57% of physicians receive an incentive bonus as part of their income. The average annual bonus for a general surgeon is $46,000.
Other specialties’ average incentive bonuses are
According to Medscape, general surgeons’ salaries increased by 8% in 2022, though individuals may have seen their personal income decline.
The salaries of medical professionals, including surgeons, can vary greatly depending on the region and the practice.
The sudden rise in salary that occurs when transitioning from training to practice can be difficult to adjust to. Our Build Your Team program connects you to experts in financial planning, budgeting, taxes, and more for free, so that you can feel confident in negotiating and navigating your new salary.
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