Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for surgeons in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 32,876 surgeons currently employed in the United States.
  • 48.8% of all surgeons are women, while 51.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed surgeon is 48 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of surgeons is White (76.6%), followed by Asian (12.7%), Hispanic or Latino (5.0%) and Unknown (3.8%).
  • In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
  • 12% of all surgeons are LGBT.
  • Surgeons are 71% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Surgeon Statistics By Gender

48.8% of surgeons are women and 51.2% of surgeons are men.

  • Male, 51.2%
  • Female, 48.8%

Surgeons By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male51.2%
Female48.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Surgeon

Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$161,109
female-income
Female Income
$140,533

Surgeon Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the surgeon position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Surgeon Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201033.39%66.61%
201132.04%67.96%
201232.80%67.20%
201331.44%68.56%
201430.67%69.33%
201530.87%69.13%
201630.18%69.82%
201728.53%71.47%
201852.37%47.63%
201956.51%43.49%
202051.60%48.40%
202151.22%48.78%

Surgeon Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Surgeon51%49%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Surgeon Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among surgeons is White, which makes up 76.6% of all surgeons. Comparatively, there are 12.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 5.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 76.6%
  • Asian, 12.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 3.8%
  • Black or African American, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Surgeon Race

Surgeon RacePercentages
White76.6%
Asian12.7%
Hispanic or Latino5.0%
Unknown3.8%
Black or African American1.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Surgeon Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among surgeons.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Surgeon Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201070.58%3.90%18.00%5.55%
201170.62%3.97%17.92%5.40%
201270.69%3.73%17.57%5.93%
201368.74%4.15%18.77%6.15%
201469.87%3.78%18.35%5.89%
201569.99%3.63%18.58%5.96%
201667.95%4.01%19.99%5.63%
201768.57%3.87%19.15%6.06%
201880.41%2.37%9.64%5.53%
201981.74%2.00%9.42%4.28%
202079.90%0.87%9.44%5.07%
202176.60%1.81%12.67%5.01%

Surgeon Wage Gap By Race

White surgeons have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american surgeons have the lowest average salary at $157,045.
$168,000
$166,000
$164,000
$162,000
$160,000
$158,000
$156,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$157,364
White$165,732
Black or African American$157,045
Asian$165,411
Hispanic or Latino$160,214

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Average Age of a Surgeon

We determined the average age of surgeons based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Surgeon Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown44
White49.542
Asian4442
Hispanic or Latino48

Surgeon Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of surgeon employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of surgeons is 40+ years old, which represents 79% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Surgeon Age

Surgeon YearsPercentages
40+ years79%
30-40 years21%
20-30 years0%

Types of Surgeon Degree Levels

The most common degree for surgeons is bachelor's degree 40% of surgeons earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 20% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

  • Bachelors, 40%
  • Doctorate, 20%
  • Associate, 12%
  • Masters, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 19%

Surgeons By Education

Surgeon DegreePercentages
Bachelors40%
Doctorate20%
Associate12%
Masters9%
Other Degrees19%

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Surgeon Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where surgeons work. We found most surgeons work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most surgeons is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire surgeons.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Surgeon Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees13%
100 - 500 employees20%
500 - 1,000 employees8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees38%
> 10,000 employees14%

The Types Of Companies Surgeon Work In

Employees with the surgeon job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most surgeons prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Surgeon Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education20%
Public5%
Private71%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Surgeons

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ surgeons. Those industries include health care, education and non profits.

Health Care

Education

Non Profits

Government

Manufacturing

Surgeon Turnover And Employment Statistics

Surgeon Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of surgeons changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Surgeon Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSurgeon Unemployment Rate
20100.73%
20110.72%
20120.53%
20130.68%
20140.67%
20150.66%
20160.38%
20170.38%
20180.70%
20190.16%
20200.58%
20211.87%

The Average Number of Years That Surgeon Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,465 surgeons resumes, we figured out that the average surgeon enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Surgeon Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year24%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years11%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years6%
11+ years14%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Surgeons with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to surgeons.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Prison Psychiatrist9.88%4,774
Gynecological Assistant11.62%12,590
Surgeon12.32%-
Clinical Exercise Specialist13.00%56,463
Anesthesiologist/Physician13.05%39,654
Optometrist, Owner17.57%51,669
Chief Nurse Anesthetist31.64%17,242

Surgeon LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Prison Psychiatrist9.88%4,774
Gynecological Assistant11.62%12,590
Clinical Exercise Specialist13.00%56,463
Anesthesiologist/Physician13.05%39,654
Optometrist, Owner17.57%51,669
Chief Nurse Anesthetist31.64%17,242

Foreign Languages Spoken By Surgeons

The most common foreign language among surgeons is Spanish at 37.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.0% and Hindi is the third-most popular at 8.7%.

  • Spanish, 37.0%
  • French, 13.0%
  • Hindi, 8.7%
  • Russian, 6.5%
  • Chinese, 4.3%
  • Other, 30.5%

Surgeon Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish37.0%
French13.0%
Hindi8.7%
Russian6.5%
Chinese4.3%
Other30.5%

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Surgeon Heatmaps

Where Do Surgeons Earn The Most?

Surgeons earn the most in Maine, where the average surgeon salary is $158,298. The map here shows where surgeons earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Surgeons?

By looking through more than 1,465 resumes, we found that the most popular places for surgeons are New York, NY and Miami, FL.

Number of Surgeons

Number Of Surgeon Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California547$112,758
2Texas494$101,158
3New York448$141,044
4Pennsylvania447$137,283
5Florida442$82,859
6Wisconsin418$130,439
7Illinois400$114,394
8Georgia323$100,849
9North Carolina298$109,789
10Arizona297$107,618
11Virginia267$126,679
12Indiana241$113,883
13Washington238$119,443
14Ohio226$123,838
15Michigan208$116,994
16Minnesota207$121,870
17Massachusetts203$139,148
18Tennessee196$87,981
19South Carolina194$102,437
20Maryland175$116,007
21Missouri161$111,858
22Kentucky148$114,795
23New Mexico147$92,108
24Oregon140$120,905
25New Jersey135$132,992
26Oklahoma122$97,719
27Iowa114$100,080
28Alabama113$95,278
29Louisiana107$116,825
30Maine103$158,298
31Colorado103$85,617
32Kansas94$98,168
33Nevada90$128,907
34South Dakota83$106,153
35Connecticut80$129,099
36West Virginia76$119,946
37New Hampshire72$145,184
38Montana68$108,919
39Mississippi64$114,778
40North Dakota63$124,358
41Arkansas61$104,389
42Alaska57$126,742
43Nebraska54$108,773
44Idaho45$110,440
45Utah42$94,314
46Vermont39$128,572
47Hawaii31$112,572
48Delaware23$115,301
49Rhode Island20$139,566
50Wyoming15$90,847
51District of Columbia5$111,322

Surgeon Demographics FAQs

How Many Surgeon Are There In The Us?

There are over 32,876 Surgeons in the United States.

What Percentage Of Surgeons Are Black?

1.8% of Surgeons are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Surgeons?

Most a are White, with 76.6% of Surgeons belonging to this ethnicity. 12.7% of Surgeons are Asian, 5.0% of Surgeons are Hispanic or Latino, 3.8% of Surgeons are Unknown, 1.8% of Surgeons are Black or African American, and 0.1% of Surgeons are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Surgeon Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Surgeon jobs are male - dominated. 51% of Surgeons are male, and 48% are female, so there are more male Surgeons than female Surgeons in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Surgeon?

The average Surgeon is 49 years old. 79% of Surgeons are 40+ years old or older, 21% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 0% are between 20-30 years old

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