Orthopedist salary, revenue generated & demand: 3 notes from Merritt Hawkins

Orthopedists have one of the highest starting salaries for physicians, and generate over $3 million for hospitals, according to surveys conducted by physician search firm Merritt Hawkins.

Three details:

1. The number of searches for orthopedic surgeons has varied greatly since 2014, when there were 58 searches, which increased to 106 the following year, according to the 2019 Merritt Hawkins physician recruitment survey. The number of searches has fallen since 2015, with 81 in 2016 and 61 in 2017.

2. Orthopedic surgeons had the second highest starting salary of all physicians tracked in the recruiting survey at $536,000.

3. Orthopedic surgeons generate an average of $3,286,764 in revenue for hospitals, up from $2,746,605 reported in 2016, according to the Merritt Hawkins 2019 inpatient/outpatient revenue survey.

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