Orthopedic surgeon compensation compared to the 5 highest-, lowest-earning physician specialties

Orthopedic

Orthopedic surgeons were the second-highest-paid physician specialists this year, earning $46,000 less than plastic surgeons, according to Medscape's 2023 "Physician Compensation Report" published April 14, which surveyed more than 10,000 physicians across 29 specialties.

Orthopedic surgeons earn an average of $573,000 a year, according to the report. Here is the difference in pay between orthopedic surgeons and the highest- and lowest-earning physician specialties: 

Highest-paying specialties: 

1. Plastic surgeons: $46,000 more than orthopedic surgeons

3. Cardiologists: $66,000 less than orthopedic surgeons

4. Urologists: $67,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

5. Gastroenterologists: $72,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

6. Otolaryngologists: $88,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

Lowest-paying specialties: 

1. Diabetes and endocrinologists: $306,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

2. Infectious disease physicians: $311,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

3. Family medicine physicians: $318,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

4. Pediatricians: $322,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

5. Public health and preventive medicine physicians: $324,000 less than orthopedic surgeons 

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