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LocumTenens.com Salary Surveys

General Surgeon Salary

How much do surgeons make?

What is the salary for a general surgeon?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in August and September 2022. Survey respondents represent surgeons who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average surgeon salary


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for surgeons compare to other years?

In 2022, the average surgeon’s salary reached $421,780, representing a high point in the last few years despite decreased workloads during the pandemic.

To learn more about how current physician trends are changing, view the Future of Work Survey Report which presents in-depth insights about the evolving healthcare landscape in the U.S.

2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Anesthesiology


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Anesthesiology



Where did general surgeons work in 2022?

 In 2020 most general surgeons worked in medical group settings.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - General Surgery

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Clicic or community center - General Surgery

Medical group / practice owned by a hospital / system


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Government - General Surgery




Surgeons who took this survey

Almost half (49%) of surgeons are generation X (born between 1965 and 1980), well ahead of other age groups in the field. Over a quarter (27%) of surgeons are based in the Southeast U.S.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are surgeons?


This report was compiled using data from an original survey conducted by LocumTenens.com from August to September 2022. The 2,571 respondents represent a broad range of U.S.-based clinicians, roles, specialties, ages, facility sizes and experience levels. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. The age range of respondents is 26-79 and 46 medical specialties are represented. The data from the survey responses was compiled and analyzed by experts in the healthcare industry to formulate the insights shown here.