Orthopedists' average salary reaches $497k: 5 key qualities of the top physician earners

Practice Management

Annual physician salaries are up from an average of $200,000 in 2001 to $299,000 in 2018, TheStreet reports.

Orthopedists earn an average of $497,000, making them the second-highest-paid specialists after plastic surgeons, who earn $501,000.

Here are key traits of the top physician earners:

  • High patient volume
  • Offer diversified services
  • Adjust to provide better-reimbursed services
  • Pay attention to their service contracts and negotiate them upward
  • Become "rainmakers" for their organizations

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