For the last two or three years, I have been hearing several horror stories about how poorly surgery (especially GS) is being paid these days. Quite frankly, I don't buy it. First, all of the income surveys are skewed, and most of them are grossly low. Second, payment in general is heavily weighted toward procedures (surgery being one of them). Some of the surgeons on our faculty are disgustingly rich (a small US MD school). And just to drive home a point, a good friend of mine just finished a rotation in CT surgery, and swears that the surgeons he worked with are making 1-1.5 million, net, working 50 or so hours a week. So I challenge anyone out there who really knows: how much are surgeons (especially GS, but others too) making? and I don't mean at only at first, but after "buy-in" to a group practice in a moderate area in anytown, USA.