Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
42,340 2.9 % $111.32 $231,550 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $56.44 (5) (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $117,390 (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 31,690 1.35 $115.90 $241,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,510 0.13 $98.55 $204,970
Outpatient Care Centers 1,520 0.25 $106.15 $220,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,300 0.05 $74.88 $155,740
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $118.54 $246,570

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 31,690 1.35 $115.90 $241,060
Outpatient Care Centers 1,520 0.25 $106.15 $220,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,510 0.13 $98.55 $204,970
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 230 0.10 $110.69 $230,240
Grantmaking and Giving Services 110 0.09 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $118.54 $246,570
Offices of Physicians 31,690 1.35 $115.90 $241,060
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $113.92 $236,950
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 230 0.10 $110.69 $230,240
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 170 0.02 $109.25 $227,240


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 4,830 0.34 1.04 $104.02 $216,350
Texas 3,010 0.29 0.89 $94.60 $196,770
Illinois 2,260 0.41 1.23 $120.03 $249,670
Ohio 2,100 0.42 1.28 $116.47 $242,260
New York 1,860 0.22 0.67 $95.20 $198,010




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)
Kentucky 1,290 0.74 2.26 $106.79 $222,120
Connecticut 860 0.53 1.61 $120.08 $249,760
Minnesota 1,340 0.51 1.56 (5) (5)
Kansas 650 0.50 1.51 (5) (5)
Washington 1,240 0.46 1.38 (5) (5)




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 0.36 1.09 (5) (5)
Wisconsin 780 0.30 0.90 (5) (5)
Washington 1,240 0.46 1.38 (5) (5)
Tennessee 1,200 0.46 1.40 (5) (5)
South Dakota 150 0.39 1.17 (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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.42 1.28 $119.74 $249,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.26 0.79 $82.60 $171,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.29 0.87 $114.00 $237,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.55 1.66 (5) (5)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 740 0.41 1.23 $71.72 $149,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 730 0.43 1.31 $115.62 $240,490
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 690 1.18 3.59 $104.69 $217,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 660 0.30 0.89 $111.35 $231,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.25 0.75 $109.77 $228,310
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 570 0.59 1.78 $113.30 $235,660




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)
Danbury, CT 130 2.05 6.20 $109.63 $228,030
Johnson City, TN 150 1.90 5.75 (5) (5)
Chattanooga, TN-GA 270 1.21 3.66 $117.37 $244,130
Waterbury, CT 70 1.18 3.56 (5) (5)
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 690 1.18 3.59 $104.69 $217,760
Knoxville, TN 360 1.13 3.41 (5) (5)
Casper, WY 40 1.10 3.34 (5) (5)
Springfield, IL 120 1.09 3.31 $114.84 $238,870
Macon, GA 100 1.09 3.30 (5) (5)
Gainesville, GA 70 1.03 3.11 (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)
Waterbury, CT 70 1.18 3.56 (5) (5)
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 230 0.43 1.31 (5) (5)
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 70 0.34 1.05 (5) (5)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.48 1.45 (5) (5)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.50 1.52 (5) (5)
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 50 0.22 0.67 (5) (5)
Winston-Salem, NC 120 0.60 1.82 (5) (5)
Winchester, VA-WV 50 0.92 2.80 (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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.75 2.26 $103.30 $214,870
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 0.95 $118.85 $247,220
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 1.52 (5) (5)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.38 (5) (5)
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 1.42 $109.14 $227,000

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 Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.75 2.26 $103.30 $214,870
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.69 (5) (5)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 1.63 (5) (5)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 1.63 $113.69 $236,470
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 1.52 $109.22 $227,170

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 1.63 (5) (5)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.38 (5) (5)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.80 (5) (5)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.27 (5) (5)


About May 2011 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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