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The 2018 Compensation Survey of the American Society of Breast Surgeons



There is limited compensation data for breast surgery benchmarking. In 2018, the American Society of Breast Surgeons conducted its second membership survey to obtain updated compensation data as well as information on practice type and setting.


In October 2018, a survey was emailed to 2676 active members. Detailed information on compensation was collected, as well as data on gender, training, years in and type of practice, percent devoted to breast surgery, workload, and location. Descriptive statistics and multivariate analyses were performed to analyze the impact of various factors on compensation.


The response rate was 38.2% (n = 1022, of which 73% were female). Among the respondents, 61% practiced breast surgery exclusively and 54% were fellowship trained. The majority of fellowship-trained surgeons within 5 years of completion of training (n = 126) were female (91%). Overall, mean annual compensation was $370,555. On univariate analysis, gender, years of practice, practice type, academic position, ownership, percent breast practice, and clinical productivity were associated with compensation, whereas fellowship training, region, and practice setting were not. On multivariate analysis, higher compensation was significantly associated with male gender, years in practice, number of cancers treated per year, and wRVUs. Compensation was lower among surgeons who practiced 100% breast compared with those who did a combination of breast and other surgery.


Differences in compensation among breast surgeons were identified by practice type, academic position, ownership, years of practice, percent breast practice, workload, and gender. Overall, mean annual compensation increased by $40,000 since 2014.

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Table 7 Demographic comparison of survey respondents and society membership

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Killelea, B.K., Modestino, A.S., Gass, J. et al. The 2018 Compensation Survey of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Ann Surg Oncol 26, 3052–3062 (2019).

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