How much does a Surgeon make in the United States? The average Surgeon salary in the United States is $436,165 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $368,845 and $517,664. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Surgeon Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Surgeon Salary $307,554 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Surgeon Salary $368,845 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Surgeon Salary $436,165 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Surgeon Salary $517,664 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Surgeon Salary $591,866 US March 26, 2024
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Critical Thinking: Questioning, analyzing and evaluating various alternatives and situations to draw a rational conclusion independently.


Long Term Care: Long-term care (LTC) is a variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods. Long term care is focused on individualized and coordinated services that promote independence, maximize patients' quality of life, and meet patients' needs over a period of time. It is common for long-term care to provide custodial and non-skilled care, such as assisting with normal daily tasks like dressing, feeding, using the bathroom. Increasingly, long-term care involves providing a level of medical care that requires the expertise of skilled practitioners to address the multiple chronic conditions associated with older populations. Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes. Long-term care may be needed by people of any age, although it is a more common need for senior citizens.


HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient's consent or knowledge.

Critical Thinking 7.33%
Long Term Care 2%
HIPAA 3.43%
Others 87.24%

Job Description for Surgeon

Surgeon performs surgery to prevent and correct injuries, deformities, diseases or improve patient function, appearance or quality of life. Reviews patient history and confirms need for surgery. Being a Surgeon determines which instruments and method of surgery will be most successful in achieving desired outcome. May provide medical personnel with direction concerning patient care. Additionally, Surgeon may provide in-service training as needed to address new technology in health care treatment. Provides charting in compliance with all laws and regulations. Requires a MD degree from an accredited school. Typically reports to a medical director. Requires a license to practice. Surgeon's years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position's specialty is the main requirement. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Surgeon salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Surgeon, the highest Surgeon salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Surgeon salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Surgeon salary is in Miami, FL, where the Surgeon salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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Skills associated with Surgeon: Electronic health records (EHR) Software, Patient Assessment, Medical Practice Management Software, E-Prescribing Software ...More

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