Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Generous salaries abound for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($333K) per year. Cash earnings for Orthopedic Surgeons — which occasionally include more than $101K from bonuses and more than $127K from profit sharing — stretch from around $126K to approximately $584K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Orthopedic Surgeons, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$123,197 - $541,917
(Median)
$120K
$330K
$540K
MEDIAN: $333,097
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$27.50 - $250.00
(Median)
$28
$99
$250
MEDIAN: $99.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$123,197 - $541,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $101,160  
Profit Sharing
$4,000 - $127,451  
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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$126,283 - $584,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$27.50 - $250.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55  
Overtime
$25.00 - $288.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $101,160  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000 - $127,451  
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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$126,283 - $584,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Orthopedic Surgeons typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Surgery and Sports Medicine. Aptitude in Orthopedics tends to also indicate an understanding 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. 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 $316K per year. Orthopedic Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $369K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Orthopedic Surgeon generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $403K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $347,306

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

Tacoma is home to an above-average pay rate for Orthopedic Surgeons, 44 percent higher than the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+22 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons in Indianapolis make 32 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Chicago and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (31 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$347,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$347,000

Sports Medicine
up arrow 4%

up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 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
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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