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Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Wages for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($312K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Orthopedic Surgeons vary widely between $126K and $587K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $101K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$120,369 - $535,656
(Median)
$120K
$310K
$540K
MEDIAN: $312,260
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$27.00 - $250.00
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$27
$84
$250
MEDIAN: $83.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$120,369 - $535,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $101,197  
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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$126,307 - $586,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$27.00 - $250.00  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $285.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $101,197  
   
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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$126,307 - $586,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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 report a focused set of job skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Surgery is a skill commonly found among those who know Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


Orthopedic Surgeons do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $304K per year. Orthopedic Surgeons with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $384K. Orthopedic Surgeons who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $396K.

Pay Difference by Location


Orthopedic Surgeons will find that Tacoma offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Miami (+3 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, San Francisco Orthopedic Surgeons have considerably lower salaries, 40 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (29 percent lower) and Houston (20 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$339,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$339,000

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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