How Much Do Surgeons Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Surgeons treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$251650 per year
Hourly wage
$121 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$77,240 to $188,170 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$37 to $90 per hour

Entry-level Surgeons with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $77,240 to $188,170 per year or $37 to $90 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Surgeons to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $100+ $208,000+
Middle (Mid 50%) $100+ $208,000+
Junior (Bottom 25%) $90 $188,170
No experience (Bottom 10%) $37 $77,240

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK Over $150 Over $300,000
KS Over $150 Over $300,000
MN Over $150 Over $300,000
NH Over $150 Over $300,000
NC Over $150 Over $300,000
ND Over $150 Over $300,000
OK Over $150 Over $300,000
WI Over $150 Over $300,000
SC $142 $295,380
OR $141 $293,170

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Surgeon is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Surgeons are in the states of AK, KS, MN, NH and NC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $286360 $137.67
Local Government $269120 $129.38
Offices of Physicians $268310 $129.00
Management of Companies and Enterprises $268070 $128.88
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $255420 $122.80
Specialty Hospitals $223580 $107.49
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $219280 $105.43
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $216890 $104.27
Employment Services $205070 $98.59
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $148160 $71.23
Scientific Research and Development Services $133390 $64.13
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $ $#

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