Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
41,600 3.0 % $119.00 $247,520 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $53.57 (5) (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $111,420 (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 33,310 1.33 $123.14 $256,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,990 0.11 $102.76 $213,740
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.13 $114.26 $237,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 700 0.02 $67.39 $140,180
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 160 0.02 $97.36 $202,510

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 33,310 1.33 $123.14 $256,120
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.13 $114.26 $237,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,990 0.11 $102.76 $213,740
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 150 0.06 (5) (5)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 160 0.02 $97.36 $202,510

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 150 0.06 (5) (5)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) (5) (5)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) (5) (5)
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 (7) $129.32 $268,990
Offices of Physicians 33,310 1.33 $123.14 $256,120


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 5,180 0.33 1.11 $114.63 $238,440
Texas 2,410 0.21 0.69 $116.87 $243,090
Massachusetts 2,240 0.66 2.18 $111.91 $232,760
Pennsylvania 1,970 0.34 1.14 $97.77 $203,350
Florida 1,940 0.24 0.81 $120.62 $250,880




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 260 0.85 2.82 $111.59 $232,110
South Dakota 280 0.69 2.27 (5) (5)
Massachusetts 2,240 0.66 2.18 $111.91 $232,760
District of Columbia 420 0.63 2.08 $86.90 $180,740
South Carolina 1,080 0.56 1.86 $124.96 $259,920




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 1.30 (5) (5)
South Dakota 280 0.69 2.27 (5) (5)
Rhode Island 230 0.49 1.63 (5) (5)
Oregon 540 0.31 1.04 (5) (5)
North Dakota (8) (8) (8) (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 1,550 0.24 0.80 $113.38 $235,840
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,300 0.74 2.45 $106.45 $221,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,040 0.55 1.84 $129.05 $268,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.25 0.82 $124.06 $258,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 980 0.39 1.31 $128.18 $266,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 930 0.26 0.86 $122.87 $255,580
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.49 1.61 $87.38 $181,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 690 0.51 1.68 $115.07 $239,350
Columbus, OH 680 0.68 2.24 $117.66 $244,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.92 $99.71 $207,400




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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 170 1.41 4.68 $104.03 $216,390
Springfield, MA-CT 370 1.19 3.93 $108.75 $226,200
Sioux Falls, SD 150 1.03 3.40 (5) (5)
Roanoke, VA 150 0.99 3.29 $101.94 $212,040
Bangor, ME 60 0.98 3.25 $121.71 $253,160
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 300 0.94 3.12 $83.51 $173,710
Muskegon, MI 60 0.91 3.01 $116.03 $241,330
Wausau, WI 60 0.88 2.92 (5) (5)
Springfield, IL 90 0.87 2.87 $102.37 $212,920
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.85 2.81 $122.81 $255,450




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 90 0.34 1.12 (5) (5)
Portland-South Portland, ME 110 0.54 1.80 (5) (5)
Pittsfield, MA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Manchester, NH (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Dover-Durham, NH-ME (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Wichita, KS 50 0.16 0.54 (5) (5)
Wausau, WI 60 0.88 2.92 (5) (5)
Trenton, NJ 70 0.32 1.07 (5) (5)
Tallahassee, FL 40 0.23 0.75 (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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.62 2.05 (5) (5)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 1.11 $124.10 $258,120
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.26 $118.01 $245,470
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.60 $125.47 $260,980
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 1.98 $88.72 $184,540

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)
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 2.24 (5) (5)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 2.06 $129.27 $268,880
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 0.62 2.05 (5) (5)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 1.98 $88.72 $184,540
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 1.59 (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)
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 2.24 (5) (5)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.55 (5) (5)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 1.45 (5) (5)
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.16 0.52 (5) (5)


About May 2015 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 $90.00 per hour or $187,200 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016