Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

29-1067 Surgeons

Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation. Excludes "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons" (29-1022).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
41,190 3.2 % $121.59 $252,910 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $50.33 $94.74 (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $104,680 $197,070 (5) (5) (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 32,620 1.30 $125.99 $262,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,750 0.12 $105.69 $219,840
Outpatient Care Centers 690 0.08 $119.44 $248,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 180 0.02 $99.51 $206,980
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 140 0.06 (5) (5)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 32,620 1.30 $125.99 $262,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,750 0.12 $105.69 $219,840
Outpatient Care Centers 690 0.08 $119.44 $248,440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 140 0.06 (5) (5)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 180 0.02 $99.51 $206,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 140 0.06 (5) (5)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) (5) (5)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 30 0.01 (5) (5)
Local Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $130.07 $270,540
Offices of Physicians 32,620 1.30 $125.99 $262,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,770 0.30 1.02 $111.68 $232,300
Texas 3,230 0.27 0.94 $113.61 $236,300
Massachusetts 2,480 0.72 2.44 $119.13 $247,790
Ohio 2,300 0.43 1.47 $109.45 $227,660
Pennsylvania 1,800 0.31 1.07 $99.12 $206,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 290 0.94 3.20 $126.70 $263,540
South Dakota 350 0.83 2.84 (5) (5)
Massachusetts 2,480 0.72 2.44 $119.13 $247,790
South Carolina 1,260 0.64 2.17 $127.37 $264,930
Rhode Island 260 0.55 1.86 $136.54 $284,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 110 0.39 1.33 (5) (5)
West Virginia (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
South Dakota 350 0.83 2.84 (5) (5)
Oregon 440 0.25 0.84 (5) (5)
New Hampshire 350 0.54 1.84 (5) (5)





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.24 0.82 $119.17 $247,870
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,370 0.76 2.59 $112.97 $234,980
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 1,080 2.74 9.33 $127.53 $265,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.25 0.87 $110.03 $228,870
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.29 0.97 $116.39 $242,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 890 0.47 1.59 $137.43 $285,850
Columbus, OH 870 0.85 2.90 $115.96 $241,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.34 1.17 $103.84 $215,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 660 0.27 0.91 $104.04 $216,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.26 0.87 $126.52 $263,150




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 1,080 2.74 9.33 $127.53 $265,260
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 200 1.66 5.67 $125.49 $261,010
Roanoke, VA 230 1.52 5.18 $103.72 $215,730
Sioux Falls, SD 210 1.40 4.78 (5) (5)
Macon, GA 100 0.99 3.37 (5) (5)
Akron, OH 310 0.94 3.19 $99.54 $207,030
Columbus, OH 870 0.85 2.90 $115.96 $241,200
Owensboro, KY 40 0.83 2.83 $139.29 $289,720
Fort Smith, AR-OK 90 0.81 2.75 $135.98 $282,840
Saginaw, MI 70 0.80 2.74 $117.10 $243,570




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 30 0.38 1.29 (5) (5)
Pittsfield, MA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 40 0.28 0.94 (5) (5)
Manchester, NH 80 0.77 2.61 (5) (5)
Dover-Durham, NH-ME (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 90 0.41 1.38 (5) (5)
Winchester, VA-WV 30 0.56 1.90 (5) (5)
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.17 0.58 (5) (5)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 1.73 (5) (5)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 1.87 $130.26 $270,930
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.98 $138.71 $288,520
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.68 (5) (5)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.77 $125.00 $260,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.55 1.87 $130.26 $270,930
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.77 $125.00 $260,010
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 1.73 (5) (5)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.72 (5) (5)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.68 (5) (5)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.62 (5) (5)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.72 (5) (5)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 1.68 (5) (5)
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017