16 Benchmarks for Orthopedist Starting Salary & Signing Bonus

Practice Management

On average, orthopedic surgeons and subspecialists received five weeks of vacation, two weeks of continuing medical education/paid time off and $10,000 relocation, according to the "2011 Orthopedic Recruiting Trends & Starting Salary Overview" from Orthopedic Recruiting Group. The median salary and sign-on bonus varied between subspecialists. Starting salary was highest for hip and joint replacement specialists, who receive $597,000 on average. Sports medicine physicians had the highest signing bonus, at $60,000. All benchmarks include:

General orthopedic surgeons
Salary: $500,000
Sign-on bonus: $35,000

Foot and ankle

Salary: $459,000
Sign-on bonus: $50,000


Salary: $476,000
Sign-on bonus: $40,000

Hip and joint

Salary: $597,000
Sign-on bonus: $50,000

Salary: $423,000
Sign-on bonus: $30,000


Salary: $452,000
Sign-on bonus: $40,000

Sports medicine

Salary: $565,000
Sign-on bonus: $60,000


Salary: $497,000
Sign-on bonus: $50,000

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