SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I recently heard stories about new general surgeons starting at $150,000 to $200,000 in reasonable size cities. I mean, some of the cushy and less prestigious medical subspecialties make at least that much. Why salary so low, considering the long grueling g surg training, bad lifestyle, shortage of surgeons, high prestige and increasing surgical safety? Is the job market going to get better at all?