How Much do Surgeons Make?

Do surgeons make a lot of money? What is the average pay for surgeons?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgeons in the United States earn an average of $252,040 a year, equivalent to $121.17 an hour. Surgeons make 371% more than the average American worker.

Surgeons in Oklahoma are the best paid, making $286,320 a year, while surgeons in Florida make the least at $189,260.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Surgeon Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th > $104 > $208,000
75th > $104 > $208,000
50th > $104 > $208,000
25th $99.87 $207,720
10th $40.26 $83,740
Surgeon Wages by State

In what states do surgeons make the most? In what states do surgeons make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $124.09 $258,110
Arizona $135.03 $280,860
Arkansas $119.41 $248,380
California $119.28 $248,100
Colorado $120.43 $250,480
Connecticut $108.24 $225,150
Delaware $132.56 $275,720
Florida $90.99 $189,260
Georgia $118.94 $247,390
Hawaii $120.28 $250,180
Idaho $120.52 $250,670
Illinois $125.91 $261,880
Indiana $103.86 $216,040
Iowa $120.16 $249,920
Kansas $129.55 $269,460
Kentucky $130.09 $270,580
Louisiana $121.40 $252,510
Maine $135.32 $281,470
Maryland $134.00 $278,720
Massachusetts $116.49 $242,310
Michigan $109.94 $228,660
Mississippi $132.77 $276,170
Montana $105.44 $219,320
Nevada $124.47 $258,890
New Jersey $134.45 $279,660
New Mexico $119.59 $248,740
New York $111.01 $230,890
North Carolina $131.84 $274,240
Ohio $134.63 $280,030
Oklahoma $137.65 $286,320
Pennsylvania $124.35 $258,650
Rhode Island $133.66 $278,020
South Dakota $137.17 $285,320
Tennessee $129.89 $270,180
Texas $114.06 $237,240
Utah $129.93 $270,260
Virginia $125.59 $261,220
Washington $111.87 $232,700
West Virginia $120.64 $250,940
Wyoming $129.72 $269,830
Metro Areas Where Surgeons Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Wausau, WI $137.13 $285,230
Oshkosh, WI $137.12 $285,210
Asheville, NC $136.92 $284,780
Cincinnati, OH $136.50 $283,930
Bloomington, IL $135.84 $282,550
Parkersburg, WV $135.84 $282,540
Tulsa, OK $135.61 $282,070
Sioux Falls, SD $135.43 $281,690
Mobile, AL $135.33 $281,480
Grand Junction, CO $135.28 $281,380
Surgeon Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $121.17 $252,040
2018 $122.65 $255,110
2017 $121.10 $251,890
2016 $121.59 $252,910
2015 $119.00 $247,520
2014 $115.60 $240,440
2013 $112.09 $233,150
2012 $110.84 $230,540
2011 $111.32 $231,550