General surgeon salary

How much do surgeons make?

What is the salary for a general surgeon? 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 in 2020


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. General Surgery Salary Survey - Male Salary


5% increase General Surgery Salary Survey - Female Salary


5% decrease

Where did general surgeons work in 2020?

In 2020 most general surgeons worked in hospitals.

General Surgery Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed


General Surgery Salary Survey - Hospital

Group practice


General Surgery Salary Survey - Group practice

Clinic or community center


View clinician employment trends during the pandemic and insight into how COVID-19 affected their salary and workload.

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Respondent demographics

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

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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, 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. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo