Surgeon | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Surgeons carry out operations and medical procedures on patients.

  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.  
  • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.  
  • Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.  
  • Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical
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Surgeons typically work around 40 to 45 hours per week.

As a Surgeon you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
72,613 GBP *
per year
27,146 GBP
87,665 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Surgeon

Big gender gap
  • 80,574 GBP
  • 62,225 GBP
Average salary for part-time Surgeon
Average salary for full-time Surgeon

  • 45,281 GBP
  • 40,957 GBP
  • 53,596 GBP
  • 72,613 GBP
  • 62,225 GBP
  • 80,574 GBP
Salary over time for Surgeon

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 79,428 GBP
  • 80,419 GBP
  • 78,730 GBP
  • 79,342 GBP
  • 81,764 GBP
  • 79,767 GBP
  • 72,613 GBP
  • 74,588 GBP
  • 49,846 GBP

Future outlook for Surgeons

Very good outlook
276 000+ jobs available
Fair outlook
-6% yearly wage growth (on average)
Excellent outlook
18% chance of automation in the future

Surgeon - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Surgeon and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

Find out what skills and qualifications can help you become a Surgeon

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Surgeon


Things to highlight for your Surgeon interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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