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Orthopedic surgeon salary

How much do orthopedic surgeons make?

What is the salary for orthopedic surgeons? conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. Survey respondents represent orthopedic surgeons who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average orthopedic surgeon salary in 2019


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary compare to other years?

The average orthopedic surgeon’s salary decreased significantly from 2019 to 2018.

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Survey Results

Demographic insights by gender

There were significantly more male orthopedic surgeons than female last year, though there was a 4% increase in females. Orthopedic Surgery Salary Survey - Male Salary


4% decrease Orthopedic Surgery Salary Survey - Female Salary


4% increase

Where do orthopedic surgeons work?

These are three of the top work settings for orthopedic surgeons in 2019.

Orthopedic Surgery Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

15% decrease
Orthopedic Surgery Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center


5% increase
Orthopedic Surgery Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

13% increase

How old are orthopedic surgeons?

More than half of orthopedic surgeons who responded were Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964). 

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Orthopedic surgeons who took this survey

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in September 2020. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2,080 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo