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Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Salaries for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($310K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $101K, total cash payment to Orthopedic Surgeons can bottom out at $126K or peak near $587K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Surgeons is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$119,777 - $532,572
(Median)
$120K
$310K
$530K
MEDIAN: $309,661
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90%

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$14.43 - $250.83
(Median)
$14
$88
$250
MEDIAN: $88.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$119,777 - $532,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,940  
Profit Sharing
$3,548 - $103,042  
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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$126,457 - $587,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 621
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $250.83  
   
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 - $100,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,548 - $103,042  
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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$126,457 - $587,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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 only report a few specific skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Orthopedics frequently indicates knowledge of Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


For Orthopedic Surgeons, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $302K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $343K. Orthopedic Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $379K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $396K.

Pay Difference by Location


Tacoma is home to an above-average pay rate for Orthopedic Surgeons, 49 percent higher than the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons in San Francisco take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 39 percent less than the national average. Chicago and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 29 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$336,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 4%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$336,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%