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How Much do Surgeons Make in Canada?

To answer your question, how much does a surgeon make in Canada? The salary of a general surgeon in Canada is contingent on a few different variables.



Surgeons are some of the most in-demand professionals in Canada, and general surgeons are especially needed. This is true regardless of where you work in the country in British Columbia or in the city in Ontario.

Even though some of the more specialized subdisciplines of surgery have reported difficulty finding work in recent years, general surgeons have remained in high demand.



This is because the field of surgery as a whole is becoming increasingly specialized, and the definition of what a general surgeon is changing.

How Much do Surgeons Make in Canada?

How Much do Surgeons Make in Canada?

A surgeon in Canada can expect to make an annual salary of approximately $481,000 on average. The annual salary of a Canadian doctor can range anywhere from $278,000 for psychiatrists to more than $769,000 for ophthalmologists. 

The majority of people in the United States are unaware that the majority of doctors in Canada are self-employed and simply bill the government for their services.

A doctor’s income may be reduced if they choose to work in a hospital rather than having their own medical practice where they are free to pay themselves a salary or another form of compensation as income from the practice rather than working in a hospital.

When compared to working in a hospital, having one’s own medical practice is associated with increased levels of contentment as well as a healthier balance between work and personal responsibilities.

Total annual gross income from all provinces, broken down by surgical specialty

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$717,867
Saskatchewan$665,638
Manitoba$638,998
British Columbia$630,347
Prince Edward Island$628,040
New Brunswick$574,642
Quebec$567,424
Nova Scotia$544,189
Newfoundland and Labrador$529,686
Ontario$520,861
Average$573,586

General surgery — gross annual income by province  

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$637,393
Manitoba$628,103
Quebec$611,821
Saskatchewan$587,697
New Brunswick$556,302
Prince Edward Island$552,027
British Columbia$537,065
Nova Scotia$511,467
Ontario$481,451
Newfoundland and Labrador$468,256
Average$539,707

Neurosurgery — gross annual income by province  

ProvinceAnnual income
Saskatchewan$700,258
Ontario$697,647
British Columbia$652,253
Newfoundland and Labrador$586,906
Manitoba$533,423
Quebec$529,882
New Brunswick$443,023
Nova Scotia$347,957
Albertan/a
Prince Edward Islandn/a
Average$602,130

Obstetrics/gynecology — gross annual income by province


ProvinceAnnual income
British Columbia$568,742
Alberta$540,451
Saskatchewan$539,522
New Brunswick$538,434
Prince Edward Island$520,185
Manitoba$509,233
Quebec$463,067
Nova Scotia$450,795
Ontario$436,002
Newfoundland and Labrador$379,067
Average$472,548

Ophthalmology — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$1,302,765
Manitoba$1,162,421
Prince Edward Island$1,103,068
Saskatchewan$1,069,210
Newfoundland and Labrador$969,021
British Columbia$962,062
Nova Scotia$907,615
Quebec$806,676
New Brunswick$805,655
Ontario$747,346
Average$879,858

Orthopedic surgery — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Newfoundland and Labrador$604,053
Alberta$595,058
Saskatchewan$570,139
Manitoba$567,600
Prince Edward Island$526,246
British Columbia$518,090
Quebec$514,266
Ontario$473,882
Nova Scotia$464,793
New Brunswick$461,365
Average$507,807

Otolaryngology — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$683,991
Saskatchewan$561,689
Manitoba$551,799
New Brunswick$537,585
Nova Scotia$533,296
Ontario$518,968
British Columbia$512,028
Newfoundland and Labrador$490,704
Quebec$469,263
Prince Edward Island*
Average$523,053

Plastic surgery — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$678,847
Manitoba$668,551
New Brunswick$626,131
Saskatchewan$592,275
Quebec$541,786
Nova Scotia$529,928
British Columbia$523,778
Newfoundland and Labrador$499,776
Ontario$442,706
Prince Edward Island*
Average$514,086

Thoracic/cardiovascular surgery — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Alberta$889,030
Saskatchewan$762,962
Manitoba$754,625
Ontario$710,681
British Columbia$634,493
Quebec$626,372
Newfoundland and Labrador$583,493
Nova Scotia$545,757
New Brunswick$540,196
Prince Edward Islandn/a
Average$670,652


Urology — gross annual income by province

ProvinceAnnual income
Manitoba$730,839
Alberta$701,111
New Brunswick$670,287
Saskatchewan$644,047
British Columbia$615,056
Nova Scotia$606,020
Newfoundland and Labrador$585,763
Ontario$537,580
Quebec$527,298
Prince Edward Island*
Average$572,164

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