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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 May of 2021. Survey respondents represent general 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?

The average general surgeon’s salary rose in 2020, despite about 55% of surgeons reporting a decrease in workload due to COVID-19.

To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender

In 2020, the gender gap between male and female surgeons widened.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Anesthesiology


5% increase
LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Anesthesiology


5% decrease

Where did general surgeons work in 2020?

 In 2020 most general surgeons worked in hospitals.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - General Surgery

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Clicic or community center - General Surgery

Clinic or community center


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Group Practice - General Surgery

Group practice



Surgeons who took this survey

In 2020 most general surgeons worked in the southwest. Most are from the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) and have been practicing for more than 21 years. More than half of all respondents were full-time employed physicians.

To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are surgeons?


Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states.