Average Surgeon Salary
$328,000 yearly
$157.99 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$256,000
10 %
$328,000
Median
$420,000
90 %
What Is The Average Surgeon Salary?
The average surgeon salary is $328,629 per year, or $157.99 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $256,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $420,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maine, North Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, and New Hampshire provide the highest surgeon salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$420,000
$35,000
$202
75th Percentile
$374,000
$31,167
$180
Average
$328,629
$27,386
$158
25th Percentile
$288,000
$24,000
$138
10th Percentile
$256,000
$21,333
$123

Average Surgeon Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where surgeons earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Surgeon average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$208,234
$100.11
Alaska
$224,896
$108.12
Arizona
$221,538
$106.51
Arkansas
$223,069
$107.24
California
$221,489
$106.49
Colorado
$226,769
$109.02
Connecticut
$232,824
$111.93
Delaware
$227,711
$109.48
District of Columbia
$225,859
$108.59
Florida
$218,416
$105.01
Georgia
$216,097
$103.89
Hawaii
$228,082
$109.65
Idaho
$231,529
$111.31
Illinois
$224,854
$108.10
Indiana
$217,709
$104.67
Iowa
$225,680
$108.50
Kansas
$224,735
$108.05
Kentucky
$224,717
$108.04
Louisiana
$220,900
$106.20
Maine
$244,896
$117.74
Maryland
$226,266
$108.78
Massachusetts
$236,332
$113.62
Michigan
$226,277
$108.79
Minnesota
$241,347
$116.03
Mississippi
$221,608
$106.54
Missouri
$229,884
$110.52
Montana
$237,145
$114.01
Nebraska
$215,810
$103.75
Nevada
$224,296
$107.83
New Hampshire
$238,520
$114.67
New Jersey
$230,294
$110.72
New Mexico
$223,621
$107.51
New York
$234,917
$112.94
North Carolina
$215,776
$103.74
North Dakota
$243,343
$116.99
Ohio
$225,128
$108.23
Oklahoma
$215,155
$103.44
Oregon
$232,417
$111.74
Pennsylvania
$228,624
$109.92
Rhode Island
$235,035
$113.00
South Carolina
$218,021
$104.82
South Dakota
$233,798
$112.40
Tennessee
$227,007
$109.14
Texas
$221,159
$106.33
Utah
$218,221
$104.91
Vermont
$239,249
$115.02
Virginia
$224,287
$107.83
Washington
$236,631
$113.76
West Virginia
$217,536
$104.58
Wisconsin
$236,323
$113.62
Wyoming
$234,963
$112.96

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Highest Paying Cities For Surgeon

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Minneapolis, MN
$401,176
$192.87
Fargo, ND
$389,372
$187.20
Bangor, ME
$386,087
$185.62
Buffalo, NY
$376,429
$180.98
Saint Louis, MO
$368,114
$176.98
Spokane, WA
$356,796
$171.54

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Average Surgeon Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $329,000
    $157.99
    +1.3%
    2020
    $324,000
    $156.00
    -0.4%
    2019
    $326,000
    $156.63
    +2.1%
    2018
    $319,000
    $153.29
    +2.9%
    2017
    $310,000
    $148.91
    +3.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Physician

    Avg. salary: $176,157

    Physicians' general responsibility is to check, diagnose, and treat a patient's condition to improve their overall wellness. A physician could be General Practitioners or Specialist Physicians, wherein General Practitioners are physicians who provide regular checkups for patients depending on their needs and refer them to a Specialist Physicians who are more skilled in a particular field of expertise for a thorough diagnosis. Physicians monitor a patient's medical history and ensure follow-up checkups to observe if the condition of a patient is changing over time. A physician may refer a patient to other health professionals for further examination as needed.
    37,041 Physician Jobs
    Doctor

    Avg. salary: $180,184

    A doctor is a medical expert who diagnoses and treats illnesses and injuries, often specializing in particular areas. Their responsibilities revolve around conducting initial interviews and examinations, studying a patient's medical history and laboratory results, providing consultations and care advice, prescribing medication, and referring patients to specialists when necessary. They must also coordinate and maintain an active communication line with nurses, administrators, and technicians for a smooth workflow. Moreover, a doctor must educate patients about their health conditions, helping them understand their situation better.
    34,256 Doctor Jobs
    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Avg. salary: $350,238

    Orthopaedic surgeons are healthcare professionals who are responsible for treating pain related to the musculoskeletal system of the body. These licensed medical experts are required to examine, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries related to the musculoskeletal system such as dislocated joints, back pain, and arthritis. They can recommend surgery or non-surgical treatment to their patients after assessing their health condition. Orthopaedic surgeons must also collaborate with other health care providers, such as physical therapists to help understand the patients' medical problems.
    8,523 Orthopaedic Surgeon Jobs
    Orthopedic Surgeon

    Avg. salary: $364,099

    An orthopedic surgeon specializes in performing surgeries to treat different issues concerning a patient's musculoskeletal system. Their responsibilities primarily revolve around conducting extensive examinations on a patient to determine their condition, analyzing their medical records, coordinating with nurses and other specialists to ensure the accuracy of treatments, and maintaining a thorough record of information. Records include appointments, comments, and results. There are also instances when a surgeon must refer patients to therapists and provide advice for post-surgery care. Furthermore, it is essential to monitor a patient's condition before and after surgery.
    20,995 Orthopedic Surgeon Jobs
    Vascular Surgeon

    Avg. salary: $338,206

    An avascular surgeon is a medical expert who specializes in treating conditions that affect blood vessels, primarily by performing surgeries. Before conducting surgical procedures, they must study the patients' medical histories, coordinate with staff and other experts, perform tests and examinations, determine surgical risks, and provide patients with consultations. It is also their duty to answer and address the patients' inquiries and concerns, explaining the extent and risks of procedures. Moreover, a vascular surgeon must build positive relationships with patients to help them and their families feel comfortable throughout the process.
    3,134 Vascular Surgeon Jobs
    Thoracic Surgeon

    Avg. salary: $298,570

    A Thoracic Surgeon is often grouped with cardiac or heart specialists for cardiothoracic surgery. He/She is a surgeon who specializes in surgery that involves the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other major blood vessels inside the chest as well as surgery of the chest wall. As a thoracic surgeon, your job is to evaluate a patient's medical history and educate him or her about her condition as well as available options. Generally, you are expected to diagnose and treat diseases in the chest, and you'll do it sometimes by working closely with the primary care doctor or other specialists.
    20,198 Thoracic Surgeon Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Surgeons The Most?

    To earn a high income as a surgeon, working for Marshfield Clinic or NorthShore University HealthSystem might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Mercy and Northwell Health report highly competitive wages for surgeons.
    Company

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    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
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    West Islip, NY
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    $200,000
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    Merritt Hawkins
    Burn Surgeon
    Burn Surgeon
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    05/26/2021
    $400,000
    05/26/2021
    Surgeon
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    05/24/2021
    $260,000
    05/24/2021
    Integrity Healthcare
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    05/22/2021
    $300,000
    05/22/2021
    Integrity Healthcare
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    05/22/2021
    $300,000
    05/22/2021
    Merritt Hawkins
    Burn Surgeon
    Burn Surgeon
    Pope, MS
    05/21/2021
    $400,000
    05/21/2021
    ESR Healthcare
    Surgeon (Bariatric) Troy, NY LK
    Surgeon (Bariatric) Troy, NY LK
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    05/16/2021
    $688,710
    05/16/2021
    ESR Healthcare
    Surgeon (Bariatric) Troy, NY LK
    Surgeon (Bariatric) Troy, NY LK
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    05/14/2021
    $626,100
    05/14/2021
    Spot On Recruiting, Inc.
    Breast Surgeon
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    $90,000
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    Staff Surgeon
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    $500,000
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    Average Surgeon Salary by Demographic

    Surgeon Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $320,433
    female-income
    Female Income
    $313,355
    Median Surgeon Income by Race
    Hispanic or latino surgeons have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian surgeons have the lowest average salary at $307,680.
    $323,000
    $320,000
    $317,000
    $314,000
    $311,000
    $308,000
    $305,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$317,899
    White$318,206
    Black or African American$319,634
    Asian$307,680
    Hispanic or Latino$321,049
    Average Surgeon Salary by Education Level
    $323,000
    $317,000
    $311,000
    $305,000
    $299,000
    $293,000
    $287,000
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$320,433
    Doctorate Degree$292,723