Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
42,410 2.9 % $110.84 $230,540 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $59.09 (5) (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $122,910 (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 31,440 1.32 $114.31 $237,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,250 0.14 $105.11 $218,630
Outpatient Care Centers 1,210 0.19 $106.48 $221,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,070 0.04 $61.12 $127,130
State Government (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $112.46 $233,920

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 31,440 1.32 $114.31 $237,770
Outpatient Care Centers 1,210 0.19 $106.48 $221,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,250 0.14 $105.11 $218,630
Grantmaking and Giving Services 130 0.10 (8) (8)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 160 0.07 $114.48 $238,120

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 160 0.07 $114.48 $238,120
Offices of Physicians 31,440 1.32 $114.31 $237,770
State Government (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $112.46 $233,920
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 350 0.05 $107.04 $222,650
Outpatient Care Centers 1,210 0.19 $106.48 $221,480


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 5,200 0.36 1.12 $100.91 $209,880
Texas 3,630 0.34 1.05 $92.35 $192,090
New York 2,630 0.31 0.95 $99.45 $206,850
Ohio 2,170 0.43 1.32 $113.60 $236,290
Florida 2,160 0.30 0.91 $110.96 $230,790




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)
North Dakota 340 0.85 2.61 $117.00 $243,360
Kentucky 1,190 0.67 2.07 $110.87 $230,610
Connecticut 1,000 0.62 1.90 $113.17 $235,380
Delaware 230 0.56 1.71 (8) (8)
Vermont 150 0.51 1.58 $102.08 $212,330




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 1.20 (5) (5)
West Virginia 190 0.26 0.81 (5) (5)
Washington 1,020 0.37 1.13 (5) (5)
Tennessee 1,000 0.38 1.16 (5) (5)
South Dakota 200 0.50 1.53 (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 0.30 0.92 $93.18 $193,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.31 0.96 $106.00 $220,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 0.74 $117.06 $243,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 710 0.40 1.24 (5) (5)
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 660 1.11 3.42 $110.71 $230,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 660 0.36 1.11 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 0.83 $116.02 $241,330
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 590 0.72 2.22 (5) (5)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 570 0.46 1.40 $88.70 $184,490
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 570 0.33 1.02 (5) (5)




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 150 2.21 6.78 $110.49 $229,810
Fargo, ND-MN 210 1.64 5.03 $112.67 $234,350
Springfield, IL 160 1.47 4.51 $96.91 $201,570
Waterbury, CT 70 1.15 3.52 (5) (5)
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 50 1.11 3.41 $113.74 $236,590
Macon, GA 100 1.11 3.40 (5) (5)
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 660 1.11 3.42 $110.71 $230,280
Wausau, WI 70 1.08 3.30 (5) (5)
Chattanooga, TN-GA 240 1.05 3.23 $115.94 $241,150
Bowling Green, KY 60 1.04 3.18 $118.22 $245,890




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 1.15 3.52 (5) (5)
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 60 0.30 0.92 (5) (5)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
New Haven, CT 100 0.36 1.10 (5) (5)
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.87 2.66 (5) (5)
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.44 1.34 (5) (5)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 570 0.33 1.02 (5) (5)
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.42 1.29 (5) (5)
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 80 0.35 1.09 (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 150 0.52 1.61 (5) (5)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 1.88 $120.29 $250,210
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.42 $115.44 $240,110
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.47 (5) (5)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 2.14 (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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.40 4.30 (5) (5)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 2.14 (5) (5)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 1.90 (5) (5)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 1.88 $120.29 $250,210
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 1.64 $109.67 $228,100

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 (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.47 (5) (5)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.81 (5) (5)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 0.88 (5) (5)


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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