Orthopedic surgeon salaries, specialties, practice settings & more: 45 things to know

Medpage Today's 2018 orthopedic salary survey compared orthopedic surgeon pay across specializations, facility types and other factors.

Health Media designed and fielded the survey, collecting more than 20,000 responses — 7,753 of which contained salary information. Survey Design & Analysis analyzed the data.

The key details to know:

Annual orthopedic physician/surgeon pay compared to other specialties
1. Orthopedics: $414,283
2. Oncology: $410,941
3. Cardiology: $400,603
4. Urology: $395,000
5. Gastroenterology: $387,078
6. General surgery: $359,761
7. Dermatology: $359,519
8. Radiology: $357,292
9. Anesthesiology: $356,992
10. Critical care: $340,900
11. Pain management: $331,506
12. Emergency medicine: $323,799
13. Pulmonology: $293,651
14. Obstetrics and gynecology: $286,406
15. Ophthalmology: $262,687
16. Hospitalist: $257,283
17. Nephrology: $255,821
18. Neurology: $248,404
19. Psychiatry: $240,240
20. Infectious disease: $220,125
21. Rheumatology: $214,396
22. Internal medicine: $212,955
23. Family medicine: $208,272
24. Endocrinology: $208,118
25. Pediatrics: $199,616

Focus among respondents
26 General orthopedic surgery: 28.6 percent
27. Total joint surgery: 16.9 percent
28. Sports medicine: 15.2 percent
29. Spine surgery: 11.7 percent
30. Foot and ankle surgery: 11.4 percent
31. Hand surgery: 8.3 percent
32. Pediatric surgery: 3.8 percent
33. Trauma surgery: 2.8 percent
34. Oncologist: 1 percent
35. Orthopedic surgery leadership: .3 percent

Facility type
36. Single-specialty group practice: 30 percent
37. Hospital: 24.8 percent
38. Multispecialty group practice: 20.3 percent
39. Solo private practice: 15.2 percent
40. College or university (academic): 3.4 percent
41. VA hospital or other government facility: 1.7 percent
42. Other: 1.7 percent
43. College or university (clinical): 1.4 percent
44. Community healthcare center: 1 percent
45. Walk-in or urgent clinic: .3 percent

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