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Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

On average, Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($331K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $100K each, total incomes of Orthopedic Surgeons generally range from $125K to $577K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The vast majority of Orthopedic Surgeons (89 percent) who took the survey are men. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$117,283 - $519,369
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MEDIAN: $307,030
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National Salary Data

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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$117,283 - $519,369  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,318  
Profit Sharing
$3,531 - $96,958  
Commission
$5,000 - $22,500  
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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$125,004 - $577,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 608
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $257.60  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $229.79  
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 - $100,318  
   
Commission
$5,000 - $22,500  
Profit Sharing
$3,531 - $96,958  
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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$125,004 - $577,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Survey takers who work as Orthopedic Surgeons typically report just a few professional skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Orthopedics tend to be skilled in Surgery as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


For Orthopedic Surgeons, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $301K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $345K. Orthopedic Surgeons bring in $381K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $387K.

Pay Difference by Location


Orthopedic Surgeons will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Orthopedic Surgeons can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Orthopedic Surgeons is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 43 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and San Francisco earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (39 percent less and 36 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$331,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries


Surgery
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National Average
$331,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%