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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 from August to October 2023. Survey respondents represent anesthesiologists 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 2023, the average surgeon’s salary fell 11.5% losing its high water mark from 2022. A combination of factors, such as a delay in elective procedures affecting patient volume, regional market values, and market dynamics impacting negotiation power, factored into this development, and this takes in a variety of highly specialized physicians.

2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - General Surgery


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - General Surgery


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Prefer not to answer - General Surgery

Prefer not to answer


Where did general surgeons work in 2023?

 In 2023 most general surgeons worked in hospitals.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - General Surgery

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Medical group - General Surgery

Medical group / practice owned by a hospital / system


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Independent Medical Group - General Surgery

Independent medical group / practice



Surgeons who took this survey

Surgeons’ work preferences are neck and neck between exclusive contract or locum tenens work (39%) and exclusive permanent employment (37%), with a nontrivial amount participating in both (15%). The largest group of surgeons (44%) were of Generation X (born 1965 to 1980).

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 October 2023. Medical practitioners from the LocumTenens.com database were invited to participate in this survey. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. As incentive for completing the survey, respondents were offered a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. This survey takes into account clinicians currently practicing medicine. Of the 2,081 respondents who qualified for the survey, 1,675 completed it. At the 95% confidence level, the survey has an error range of +/- 2.4%.