Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Orthopedic Surgeons receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $356K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $103K and $129K, respectively — total cash payment to Orthopedic Surgeons can bottom out near $120K or peak near $564K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Orthopedic Surgeons report high levels of job satisfaction. Orthopedic Surgeons who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$119,027 - $543,109
$120K
$360K
$540K
MEDIAN: $355,747
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$39.73 - $206.48
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MEDIAN: $104.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$190K$380K$570K
Salary
$119,027 - $543,109  
   
Bonus
$2,004 - $103,424  
Profit Sharing
$5,068 - $128,937  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$119,785 - $564,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$240$480$720
Hourly Rate
$39.73 - $206.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.08  
Overtime
$44.70 - $705  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1M
Bonus
$2,004 - $103,424  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,068 - $128,937  
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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$119,785 - $564,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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

Pay by Experience for an Orthopedic Surgeon has a positive trend. An entry-level Orthopedic Surgeon with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $336,000 based on 343 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Orthopedic Surgeon with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $371,000 based on 203 salaries. An experienced Orthopedic Surgeon which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $373,000 based on 200 salaries. An Orthopedic Surgeon with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $408,000 based on 107 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $363,903

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

For Orthopedic Surgeons, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent) and San Francisco (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Orthopedic Surgeons is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (31 percent less) and New Haven (20 percent less).

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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 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲12%

▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$364,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲1%

National Average
$364,000

▼1%

Sports Medicine
▼9%

Medicine / Surgery
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 11%
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