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Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Salaries for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($314K) per year. The range in cash compensation to Orthopedic Surgeons ($128K to $588K) includes potential earnings of $101K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Orthopedic Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$122,485 - $539,039
(Median)
$120K
$310K
$540K
MEDIAN: $313,707
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$27.00 - $250.00
(Median)
$27
$84
$250
MEDIAN: $83.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$122,485 - $539,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,858  
Profit Sharing
$3,556 - $102,129  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$127,857 - $588,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 656
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$27.00 - $250.00  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $285.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,858  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,556 - $102,129  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$127,857 - $588,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic surgeons endure long periods of schooling in order to begin practicing. The first step in the path is a bachelor's degree, preferably in biology or chemistry. Once undergraduate studies are complete, orthopedic surgeons must complete medical school to become medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathic medicine. After medical school, orthopedic surgeons may apply for residency at a hospital and demonstrate that they are knowledgeable and competent.

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Orthopedic Surgeon Tasks

  • Monitor ongoing progress and health of patients, changing treatment plans as circumstances dictate.
  • Perform surgery to repair, salvage, or replace bones and joints, reconnect nerves, or otherwise improve skeletal health.
  • Examine patients to diagnose and treat bone, joint, ligament, and skeleton problems, diseases, or injuries.

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Orthopedic Surgeons who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Surgery. Many workers who know Orthopedics also know Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $305K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $382K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $397K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Orthopedic Surgeons, working in the bustling city of Tacoma has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Orthopedic Surgeon's salary, with San Francisco Orthopedic Surgeons earning salaries that are 40 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (28 percent lower) and Denver (19 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$340,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$340,000

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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