14,820 orthopedic surgeons in the US: 6 BLS stats to know


An estimated 14,820 orthopedic surgeons work in the U.S, and the mean annual wage of $378,250, according to the newest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 3. 

Here are six things to know about the specialty's compensation in the U.S.

Note: Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are not included on this list. The bureau's latest data available is from May 2023. 

1. Physician offices have the most orthopedic surgeons under employment followed by outpatient care centers and universities.

2. The top-paying setting for orthopedic surgeons is the outpatient care center. The annual mean wage there is $429,450.

3. Hospitals are the second highest-paying setting for orthopedic surgeons with an annual mean wage of $412,380. That's followed by physician offices ($380,460) and universities ($180,840).

4. The states with the most orthopedic surgeons are California (2,570), New York (1,260), Florida (1,140), Georgia (1,090) and Virginia (600).

5. The states with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in orthopedic surgeons are South Dakota, New Hampshire, Georgia, Wyoming and Maine.

6. The top-paying states for orthopedic surgeons are Florida, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico and North Dakota.

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