Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States, with median pay hovering around $321K per year. The range in cash compensation to Orthopedic Surgeons ($128K to $585K) includes potential earnings of $100K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$123,647 - $538,213

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$38.78 - $248.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$123,647 - $538,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,316  
Profit Sharing
$3,548 - $103,042  
Total Pay (?
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$128,116 - $584,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 669
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Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $280.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,316  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,548 - $103,042  
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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$128,116 - $584,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Orthopedic Surgeons note just a narrow range of job skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Surgery. Experience with Orthopedics is often linked with knowledge of Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Surgeon

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


For many Orthopedic Surgeons, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $307K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Orthopedic Surgeons see a median salary of $388K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Orthopedic Surgeons with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $402K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Orthopedic Surgeons in Tacoma enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+20 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Boston (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Orthopedic Surgeons in San Francisco earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (30 percent less and 20 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$343,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Orthopedics
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National Average
$343,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 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
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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