Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Compensation for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($333K). Total cash compensation to Orthopedic Surgeons approaches anywhere from $126K on the lower end to $584K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $101K from bonuses and upwards of $127K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Orthopedic Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$123,197 - $541,917
(Median)
$120K
$330K
$540K
MEDIAN: $333,097
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$27.50 - $250.00
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$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 usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Surgery and Sports Medicine. Orthopedics and Surgery are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $316K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $355K. Orthopedic Surgeons who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $369K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $403K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $347,306

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

Home to some of the best pay for Orthopedic Surgeons, Tacoma offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+22 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 32 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Houston (31 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$347,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
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National Average
$347,000

Sports Medicine
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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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