Cosmetic surgeons, often referred to as plastic surgeons, perform surgeries in order to correct physical effects caused by accidents, illnesses or birth defects. They also perform elective surgeries in order to alter their patient’s appearance. Cosmetic surgeons work for hospitals, private clinics and are sometimes self-employed. The average annual salary of a cosmetic surgeon depends on where they are employed, location, and experience level. Generally, cosmetic surgeons will make between $100,00 and $500,00 a year.