Orthopedic surgeons by the numbers: 5 fast figures to know


From salaries to changes in the number of physicians working, here are five orthopedic statistics to know in 2023:

1. In 2021 there were 18,469 active orthopedic surgeons, according to the Association of American Medical College's "2022 Physician Specialty Data Report." That figure was down 3.7% from 2016.

2. The average pay for orthopedic physicians was $557,000, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report 2022.". The average incentive bonus was $126,000.

3. Forty-five percent of orthopedic surgeons surveyed said they experienced burnout, Medscape's "Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2023." The specialty, along with plastic surgery (46 percent), nephrology (44 percent) and cardiology (43 percent), had lower rates of burnout.

4. Twenty-five percent of orthopedic physicians surveyed said their net worth was $5 million or more, according to Medscape's 2022 "Physician Wealth & Debt Report."

5. Forty-eight percent of young orthopedic surgeons carry student debt, according to Medscape's "Young Physician Compensation Report 2022."

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