Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
43,230 2.9 % $108.36 $225,390 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $55.72 (5) (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $115,910 (5) (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 32,990 1.43 $113.03 $235,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,830 0.11 $95.56 $198,760
Outpatient Care Centers 1,620 0.27 $101.77 $211,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,420 0.05 $67.32 $140,030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.16 $83.86 $174,440

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 32,990 1.43 $113.03 $235,100
Outpatient Care Centers 1,620 0.27 $101.77 $211,670
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.16 $83.86 $174,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,830 0.11 $95.56 $198,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,420 0.05 $67.32 $140,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 100 0.01 (5) (5)
Offices of Physicians 32,990 1.43 $113.03 $235,100
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 230 0.04 $108.74 $226,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 (7) $104.60 $217,580
Outpatient Care Centers 1,620 0.27 $101.77 $211,670


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 4,850 0.35 1.02 $100.90 $209,870
Texas 2,890 0.29 0.84 $89.96 $187,110
Illinois 2,370 0.43 1.26 (5) (5)
New York 2,050 0.25 0.72 $86.99 $180,930
Pennsylvania 1,950 0.36 1.05 $92.87 $193,180




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)
Kansas 950 0.73 2.14 (5) (5)
Kentucky 1,100 0.64 1.89 $104.06 $216,440
Delaware 250 0.64 1.88 $107.83 $224,290
Connecticut 950 0.59 1.75 $114.57 $238,310
Vermont 160 0.57 1.67 $99.49 $206,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 100 0.37 1.09 (5) (5)
Wisconsin 830 0.32 0.93 (5) (5)
Utah 290 0.26 0.75 (5) (5)
Tennessee 1,130 0.44 1.29 (5) (5)
South Dakota 210 0.53 1.56 (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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.31 0.91 $81.08 $168,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.44 1.29 (5) (5)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.30 0.89 $110.39 $229,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 900 0.54 1.58 (5) (5)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 900 0.41 1.20 $109.66 $228,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 810 0.49 1.43 $112.74 $234,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 780 0.44 1.28 $73.74 $153,370
Kansas City, MO-KS 740 0.77 2.27 $115.07 $239,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.28 0.82 $109.11 $226,960
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 620 1.07 3.13 $100.34 $208,710




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)
Muncie, IN 120 2.69 7.91 (5) (5)
Danbury, CT 150 2.28 6.71 $105.79 $220,040
Gainesville, GA 150 2.15 6.33 (5) (5)
Johnson City, TN 150 1.96 5.77 (5) (5)
Springfield, IL 140 1.37 4.04 $110.79 $230,440
Savannah, GA 190 1.32 3.89 $115.66 $240,580
Carson City, NV 30 1.22 3.59 (5) (5)
Rockford, IL 160 1.15 3.38 (5) (5)
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 620 1.07 3.13 $100.34 $208,710
Casper, WY 40 1.06 3.13 (5) (5)




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 0.56 1.65 (5) (5)
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 70 0.35 1.03 (5) (5)
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.48 1.41 (5) (5)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.53 1.56 (5) (5)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 30 0.15 0.43 (5) (5)
Winston-Salem, NC (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Winchester, VA-WV 50 0.99 2.90 (5) (5)
Wilmington, NC 50 0.36 1.07 (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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 0.44 1.28 $117.70 $244,820
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 1.80 $108.53 $225,730
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 1.56 (5) (5)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.40 (5) (5)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.31 0.90 (5) (5)

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 1.82 $81.47 $169,450
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 1.80 $108.53 $225,730
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 1.73 $91.06 $189,400
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.68 (5) (5)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 1.56 (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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.22 (5) (5)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.40 (5) (5)
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 0.89 (5) (5)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)


About May 2010 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 mean 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 $80.00 per hour or $166,400 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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