Average pay for an Orthopedic Surgeon in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $352K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Orthopedic Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Orthopedic Surgeons are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$116,812 - $546,650
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$120K
$350K
$550K
MEDIAN: $351,834
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$15.08 - $203.73
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MEDIAN: $111.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$190K$380K$570K
Salary
$116,812 - $546,650  
   
Bonus
$4,917 - $101,458  
Profit Sharing
$50,868  
Total Pay (?
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$116,411 - $568,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$180$360$540
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $203.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08  
Overtime
$48.48 - $520  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$4,917 - $101,458  
   
Profit Sharing
$50,868  
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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$116,411 - $568,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $330K per year. Orthopedic Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $368K. Orthopedic Surgeons who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $406K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $359,513

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

Home to some of the best pay for Orthopedic Surgeons, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Orthopedic Surgeons in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in New Haven (19 percent lower) and San Diego (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$360,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
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National Average
$360,000

Surgery
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Sports Medicine
up arrow 8%

Medicine / Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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