Surgeons in Group Practice Saw Income Rise in 2011


Median compensation for general surgeons in group practice increased 2.6% in 2011, according to a survey by the Medical Group Management Association.

In 2011, the median compensation for the 1,181 general surgeons responding to the survey was $352,826, compared with $343,958 in 2010. Surgeons in single-specialty practices earned $347,826 in 2011, compared with $355,493 for those in multispecialty practices, the MGMA reported.

There was considerable geographic variation in median compensation, with those in the Midwest earning $383,568, followed by the South ($361,281), the West ($345,173), and the East ($318,000).

For all specialists surveyed, median salary rose 7.7% to $384,467 in 2011, while primary care physicians had a 5.2% increase that brought their income to $212,840. Among nonphysician providers, the median compensation of $102,770 was 6.4% higher than in 2010.

For 2011, the MGMA’s annual compensation and production survey includes data from 62,245 physicians and nonphysician providers in 2,913 group practices.

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