Orthopedic Surgeon Salary
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).Read More...
Orthopedic surgeons must examine patients to determine a diagnosis and work with patients to determine a course of treatment, which may include surgery, physical therapy and/or medication. At all steps of the process, they must ensure that patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as answer any questions that arise. Orthopedic surgeons generally work in a clinic setting or within a specialty hospital, and they must work effectively with a wide variety of medical colleagues and patients.
Orthopedic surgeons must obtain an undergraduate degree before attending an accredited medical school. Once the individual has graduated from medical school, they complete a five-year residency program; they may subsequently complete a fellowship to specialize in a specific area such as pediatrics or sports medicine.
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.
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
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).