Orthopedic surgeon base salary hits $553K in 2018, total compensation up 3.2%: 5 things to know

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

Orthopedic surgeons experienced a pay increase from 2017 to 2018, along with cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians and general pediatric specialists, according to a survey from SullivanCotter.

The company surveyed 167,000 physicians and advanced practice providers from across 750 hospitals, health systems and medical groups. Here are five things to know about the general orthopedic surgeon data:

1. Orthopedic surgeons reported a base salary of $553,537 in 2018.

2. Base salary was relatively flat from 2017 to 2018, increasing 0.2 percent. The specialty with the largest reported increase was general pediatrics, at 1.1 percent.

3. Total cash compensation for orthopedic surgeons in 2018 was $609,439.

4. Including the total cash compensation, orthopedists reported a 3.2 percent increase in compensation from 2017 to 2018.

5. Orthopedists ranked No. 4 among the specialties reported for the highest increase; however orthopedists ranked No. 1 in base salary and total cash compensation.

See a list of all specialties included in the report here.

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