Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Wages for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($320K) per year. Overall incomes of Orthopedic Surgeons generally bottom out at around $130K and peak near $590K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $101K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Orthopedic Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$125,149 - $542,435
(Median)
$130K
$320K
$540K
MEDIAN: $320,100
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$38.78 - $248.32
(Median)
$39
$100
$250
MEDIAN: $104.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$125,149 - $542,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,996  
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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$129,761 - $590,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 663
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $282.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,996  
   
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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$129,761 - $590,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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Job skills reported by Orthopedic Surgeons are limited. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Surgery. 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. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $306K per year. Orthopedic Surgeons bring in $391K after working for 10 to 20 years. Orthopedic Surgeons who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $401K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Orthopedic Surgeons, busy Tacoma offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+20 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons in San Francisco earn salaries far below the national average by 41 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Denver (30 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$344,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$344,000

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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