Orthopedic Surgeon Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Orthopedic Surgeons in the United States, with median pay hovering around $362K per year. Final cash compensation to Orthopedic Surgeons varies from around $121K to approximately $570K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $103K and $127K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Orthopedic Surgeons enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Orthopedic Surgeons far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$118,270 - $553,909
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$350K
$550K
MEDIAN: $353,216
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$19.87 - $207
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$0$575K
Salary $118,270 - $553,909
Bonus $1,967 - $102,320
Profit Sharing $2,543 - $130,140
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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$116,803 - $575,345
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,144
Hourly Data $0$519
Hourly Rate $19.87 - $207
Hourly Tips $1.08
Overtime $45.15 - $520
Annual Data $0$575K
Bonus $1,967 - $102,320
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $2,543 - $130,140
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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$116,803 - $575,345
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Dec 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 48

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: $359,294

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

Orthopedic Surgeons will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Orthopedic Surgeons will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+11 percent) and San Francisco (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Orthopedic Surgeons in Indianapolis earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and New Haven (32 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Surgeon

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲14%

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$359,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Surgeon Salaries

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$359,000

Sports Medicine
▼7%

Medicine / Surgery
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 9%