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General surgeon salary

How much do surgeons make?

What is the salary for a general surgeon? conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. 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 in 2019


Historical salary data

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

On average, surgeons made 3% less in 2019 than they did in 2017.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

While the majority of general surgeons who responded to the survey were male, there has been an 11% increase in female surgeons since 2017. General Surgery Salary Survey - Male Salary


1% increase General Surgery Salary Survey - Female Salary


1% decrease

Where do general surgeons work?

These are the top three work places for general surgeons.

General Surgery Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

6% increase
General Surgery Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center


2% increase
General Surgery Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

13% decrease

How old are general surgeons?

Approximately a third of general surgeons are split evenly into the Baby Boomer category (those born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (1965 to 1980) and Millennials (1981 to 1997). This differs from 2018 where almost 90% of General Surgeons who responded were either Baby Boomers or from Generation X.

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Respondent demographics

Surgeons who took this survey

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in September 2020. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2,080 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo