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Medical Specialty Spotlight: Orthopedic Surgery

Merritt Hawkins Team | September 14, 2017

Orthopedic Surgery Trends and Salaries

In our special feature entitled “Medical Specialty Spotlight,” we review trends in a variety of medical specialties related to healthcare recruitment, physician compensation and the industry in general. Today, we will look at Orthopedic Surgery.


Number of active orthopedic physicians: 22,291
Most in demand medical specialty ranking: 8th
Percentage of active orthopedic physicians that are 55 or older: 52
Average starting orthopedic physician salary: $521,000

Orthopedic Surgery Trends

  • Orthopedic surgeons remain in steady demand, underscoring the need for medical specialists among an aging population.
  • The supply of orthopedic surgeons will be constrained both by the federal cap on GME spending and by an increasing number of physician retirements.
  • Average salary offers for orthopedic surgeons increased by 5% in 2016, from $497,000 to $521,000.

We invite you to search our nationwide permanent orthopedic surgery jobs. If you have any questions or want more information regarding a physician job or any other matter, request a call from one of our expert physician recruiters.


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