Orthopedic spine surgeon vs. neurosurgeon salary – Does location matter?

Mackenzie Garrity -   Print  |

While both specialties require extensive training, there are various differences between orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. Spine surgery incorporates both specialist surgeons; however, there is no medical governing board certifying spine surgeons, according to bizfluent.

Along with differences in training and education, orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons have varying salaries.


Here’s what you need to know about the competing salaries.


1. In 2011, the median salary for neurosurgeons reached $470,600 while orthopedic spine surgeons received roughly $409,500, Salary.com reported.


2. The American Medical Group Association’s Physician Compensation Survey separates the salaries of spine surgeons from orthopedic surgeons. According to their research, spine surgeons make $688,500 a year on average.


3. While the AMGA does not separate spine surgeons from the field of neurosurgery, the group estimates the median neurosurgeon salary tops $593,000. The group also indicated spinal neurosurgeons make more than brain neurosurgeons annually.


4. In Los Angeles, an average neurosurgeon’s salary is nearly $524,000 as opposed to New York City where the medial salary is $556,000. Orthopedic spine surgeons in Los Angeles earn $456,000 a year while in New York City surgeons make $484,000, according to Salary.com.


5. During the first two years of employment, orthopedic spine surgeons bring in $400,000, according to Allied Physicians. However, the same physicians earn around $670,000 by their third year. Allied Physicians reported the maximum orthopedic spine surgeon salary reached $1,352,000.


6. Neurosurgeons earn around $354,000 during their first year; however, they typically make $541,000 during their second and third years of employment. Allied Physicians reported the maximum salary reached $936,000 for neurosurgeons.


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