Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Salaries for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($356K) per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Orthopedic Surgeons (83 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$115,753 - $544,426
$120K
$360K
$540K
MEDIAN: $355,545
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$40.00 - $206.42
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MEDIAN: $109.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$190K$380K$570K
Salary
$115,753 - $544,426  
   
Bonus
$2,078 - $103,042  
Profit Sharing
$50,000  
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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$116,415 - $563,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 650
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$240$480$720
Hourly Rate
$40.00 - $206.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08  
Overtime
$44.04 - $715  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$2,078 - $103,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$50,000  
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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$116,415 - $563,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic surgeons work with the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They perform surgery to address trauma, tumors, injuries, infections and other conditions requiring surgical intervention. Specific conditions that orthopedic surgeons may address include arthritis, spine disorders such as scoliosis, dislocations and fractures, and damage to tendons, muscles and ligaments, among others. These professionals may focus on general orthopedic surgery or have a specific specialty such as sports medicine, pediatrics, joint replacement or a particular part of the body (such as the spine, hand, and shoulder and elbows).

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Orthopedic Surgeon Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


Orthopedic Surgeons with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $336K per year. Orthopedic Surgeons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $373K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Orthopedic Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $408K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $363,556

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Orthopedic Surgeons in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent) and San Francisco (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Orthopedic Surgeons have considerably lower salaries, 31 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (31 percent lower) and New Haven (20 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Surgeon

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$364,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲2%

National Average
$364,000

▼1%

Sports Medicine
▼9%

Medicine / Surgery
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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