While orthopedic surgeons typically are among the most highly compensated specialists, orthopedic residents report lower compensation than their peers in many other specialties, according to the Medscape 2018 Resident Salary & Debt Report.
Orthopedic residents report earning $60,100 altogether while orthopedic surgery residents report slightly less at $59,900. Both are behind neurological surgery residents, who make $61,8000 and gastroenterology residents who make $64,600 on average. The highest compensating medical residency specialty is allergy and immunology, hitting $68,000 annual compensation on average.
Orthopedic residents did report higher average salary than anesthesiologists, who reported $59,000 and ophthalmologists, who reported $57,500.