Orthopedic surgeon compensation in 2022: 9 statistics


Orthopedic surgeons earned $557,000 on average during 2022, with compensation fluctuating based on practice setting and length of employment. 

Nine key orthopedic surgeon compensation stats in 2022: 

1. Orthopedics is among the top five wealthiest physician specialties. 

2. Twenty-five percent of orthopedic surgeons reported a net worth of over $5 million. 

3. The average salary for orthopedic surgeons is $557,000. 

4. The average starting salary for orthopedic surgeons is $565,000. 

5. Orthopedic surgeons saw a 9 percent rise in compensation between 2021 and 2022. 

6. Employed orthopedists earn more than self-employed orthopedists, at $579,000 and $537,000 respectively. 

7. Orthopedic surgeons' incentive bonus reached $126,000. 

8. Savannah, Ga., was the highest paying city for early-career orthopedic surgeons, at $582,878 a year. 

9. Orthopedic surgeons working on the East Coast earned $8,973 per year more than their West Coast counterparts on average. 

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