2017 Surgery Salary Survey

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in January of 2017. Survey respondents represent surgeons who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Salary data reflects 2016 reported earnings.

What did Surgeons earn in 2016?

Average General Surgeon Salary

$358,945 2014
$328,432 2015
$373,364 2016

Average Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

$406,915 2014
$434,333 2015
$489,000 2016

Survey at a glance

LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 80% Male
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 20% Female
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 20% Worked locum tenens last year
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 82% Board certified
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 15% Board eligible
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 25 Paid vacation days
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 44% Hospital employed
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey 27% Group practice

Respondent demographics

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

Next job change

Career Choices

We asked surgeons:

“considering your career, if you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?”

Your voice matters

Physician and Advanced Practitioner opinions on change in healthcare law

Every year, we survey physicians and advanced practitioners for their opinions on a specific healthcare topic. This year, we focused on changes in current healthcare legislation and how potential changes may or may not impact them.

The first attempt by the new administration to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Healthcare Act failed to gain enough votes, but the battle is far from finished. In such an unpredictable time for American healthcare, it comes as no surprise that most survey respondents stated they were either not prepared or were unsure regarding legislative changes. Uncertainty about the future is also shown through only 24 percent of physicians and advanced practitioners stating they believe a pay structure based on quality would lead to better patient care.

See the data breakdown below to see how physicians and advanced practitioners feel about healthcare law and MACRA.

Do you support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?

Do you think a pay structure based on quality leads to better patient care?

LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 50% Yes
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 24% No
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 26% Unsure

Do you think the new administration will move forward with plans for MACRA*?

LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 25% Yes
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 17% No
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 58% Unsure

Is your practice ready for MACRA right now?

LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 24% Yes
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 50% No
LocumTenens.com Annual Salary Survey Hospital Employed 26% Unsure

If MACRA is implemented, how would it impact your career plans? Please select all that apply.

*MACRA: Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act was approved in 2016 and replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

Methodology

Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 130,000 individuals, which included physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and CRNAs who have been placed by LocumTenens.com and those who have not. Respondents to all surveys were self-selected and spanned all 50 states and medical/surgical specialties. The response rate was 2 percent, with a +/- 2 percent error rate at a 95 percent confidence level.