- Salary: Orthopedists earned an average of $421,000 in 2015, an increase of two percent from 2014.
- Setting: The difference in salary between orthopedists that are self-employed and employed by an outside organization is substantial. Those that are self-employed earned $441,000 compared to those that are employed earning $402,000.
- Time spent with patients: 76 percent of orthopedists spend 16 minutes or less per patient.
- Discussing cost of treatment with patients: 83 percent of orthopedists say they discuss cost of treatment with their patients, although only a quarter of them do it regularly.
What Orthopedists Earn: 2015 Salary ReportJanuary 7th, 2016 2 Min read Blog
There are more than 28,000 orthopedists practicing in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Salaries for orthopedists are at the top of the physician pay scale, as they were last year. They also earn the most for non-patient care activities including expert witness testimonies, product sales and speaking engagements. All current data is found in Medscape’s Orthopedist Compensation Report 2015. Here are a few of the hightlights: