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The Highest Paid Surgeons in the USA: Where These Doctors Make The Best Salaries

Updated on March 29, 2012
A medical team performs three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
A medical team performs three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. | Source

(Updated 3/27/2012) Surgeons treat medical conditions through operations. With their patients under anesthesia, they use instruments and manual manipulation to enter the body and repair bone and tissue after injury, correct deformities, or prevent debilitating conditions. They typically work with a staff of surgical specialists that include anesthesiologists and operating room nurses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor as of 2011, the 42,340 surgeons working in the U.S. make a mean wage of $111.32 per hour or $231,550 per year.

Employers

The highest paid surgeons in the USA work are located in the following workplaces:

  1. Scientific research and development services, where 250 doctors make $118.54 per hour or $246,570 per year.
  2. Offices of physicians, where 31,690 professionals earn $115.90 per hour or $241,060 per year. These are also the biggest employer of surgeons. The second biggest employers are general medical and surgical hospitals, where 6,510 earn a mean $98.55 per hour or $204,970 per year.
  3. State government, where 150 surgeons earn a mean $113.92 per hour or $236,950 per year.

States

Source

The top paying states for surgeons are Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee and South Dakota. However, their salaries are not specified by the Labor Department.

The states with the highest employment for the profession have some of the highest population n the U.S:

  1. California has 4,830 surgeons earning a mean $104.02 per hour or $216,350 per year.
  2. Texas has 3,010 doctors making a mean $94.60 per hour or $196,770 per year.
  3. Illinois shows 2,260 physicians receiving $120.03 per hour or $249,670 per year.

Cities

For cities, the highest paid surgeons are in Worcester, Massachusetts; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Providence, Rhode Island. None of their salaries are specified by the Labor Department.

For employment levels, the highest-population cities have the most surgeons.

  • Chicago has 1,510 jobs at a mean $119.74 per hour or $249,070 per year.
  • New York City is home to 1,330 doctors, with averages of $82.60 per hour or $171,820 per year.
  • Los Angeles has 1,100 surgeons making mean wages of $114 per year hour or $237,120 per year.

Rural

The following non-metropolitan areas are the top for pay: Northern Mountain Regions of California, West Central Wisconsin, North Central West Virginia, Southwestern Virginia and Southern Vermont. None of their salaries are specified by the Labor Department.

The following rural areas have the best employment levels:

  1. West Central Kentucky has 110 surgeons at a mean $103.30 per hour or $214,870 per year.
  2. Rural North Carolina shows 90 doctors making a mean $118.85 per hour or $247,220 per year.
  3. South Georgia has 90 surgeons with unspecified salaries.

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