Six-figure salaries are the norm for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States, with median pay hovering around $355K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Orthopedic Surgeons are male. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$114,598 - $545,945
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$360K
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MEDIAN: $355,164
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$15.20 - $206.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$190K$380K$570K
Salary
$114,598 - $545,945  
   
Bonus
$3,500 - $102,789  
Profit Sharing
$50,000  
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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$114,355 - $566,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$240$480$720
Hourly Rate
$15.20 - $206.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08  
Overtime
$48.72 - $710  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$3,500 - $102,789  
   
Profit Sharing
$50,000  
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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$114,355 - $566,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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

  • Examine patients to diagnose and treat bone, joint, ligament, and skeleton problems, diseases, or injuries.
  • Perform surgery to repair, salvage, or replace bones and joints, reconnect nerves, or otherwise improve skeletal health.
  • Monitor ongoing progress and health of patients, changing treatment plans as circumstances dictate.

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $336K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $372K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $371K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $406K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $362,119

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

For Orthopedic Surgeons, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. One of the biggest compensable factors for Orthopedic Surgeons is geography, with workers in Florida earning a whopping 56 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and New Haven (31 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Surgeon

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$362,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries


National Average
$362,000

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Sports Medicine
up arrow 8%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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