Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Wages for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($320K) per year. Total cash compensation to Orthopedic Surgeons varies from $129K to $582K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $100K each. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Orthopedic Surgeons claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$124,787 - $537,968
(Median)
$120K
$320K
$540K
MEDIAN: $319,519
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$38.78 - $248.32
(Median)
$39
$100
$250
MEDIAN: $104.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Salary
$124,787 - $537,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,183  
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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$129,408 - $582,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$100$200$300
Hourly Rate
$38.78 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $282.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$200K$400K$600K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100,183  
   
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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$129,408 - $582,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Survey takers who work as Orthopedic Surgeons usually report a few specific 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. Competency in Orthopedics frequently indicates knowledge of Surgery.

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 inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $307K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $389K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $400K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Orthopedic Surgeons, busy Tacoma offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+20 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Orthopedic Surgeons in San Francisco take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 40 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (29 percent lower) and Denver (20 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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 65 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: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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