Surgeons

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
48.9k
Average Age
47.5
Average Salary
$307,994
Average Male Salary
$320,782
Average Female Salary
$245,636

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Surgeons and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Surgeons, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Surgeons, by average wage, is Offices of other health practitioners. Surgeons are paid most in Westchester County (Northeast) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Newton City & Brookline Town PUMA, MA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$307,994
AVERAGE SALARY
± $21,872

In 2020, Surgeons earned an average of $307,994, $252,040 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Surgeons are the highest paid occupation in the US followed by Physicians. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Surgeons as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.287
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Surgeons had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.287, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Surgeons (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Surgeons.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Surgeons.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

48.9k
2020 Workforce
± 5,426
6.28%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15%

The number of people employed as Surgeons has been growing at a rate of 6.28%, from 45,972 people in 2019 to 48,857 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Surgeons employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Surgeons at  46.1%, followed by Offices of physicians with 37.8% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 5.06%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Surgeons in the US. The average age of male Surgeons in the workforce is 48.7 and of female Surgeons is 41.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Surgeons is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

40.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,943
8.31k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,239

83% of Surgeons are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Surgeons.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Surgeons
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

75.1% of Surgeons are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.6% of Surgeons, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Surgeons.

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Age by Sex

48.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.55
41.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.73

The median age of Surgeons is 47.5, and Male employees are generally 6.9 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Surgeons from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Surgeons is Biology but a relatively high number of Surgeons hold a major in Biology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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