The 2017 Medscape Physician Compensation Report, which compiled responses from more than 19,200 physicians in 27 specialties, shows that orthopedic surgeons’ annual compensation averaged $489,000, nearly $50,000 more than plastic surgeons, the second-highest average annual earners.
However, the survey also found that only 48% of orthopedic surgeons felt they were “fairly compensated” for their labors, even as their income increased by an average of 10% in the past year, one of the highest rates of growth among specialists.
The orthopedic surgeons are not sulking alone.
About half of physicians said they were satisfied with their compensation. Of those malcontents, 46% of primary care physicians and 41% of specialists said an increase of between 11% to 25% would make them smile.
Emergency medicine physicians, more than any other specialty, said they were fairly compensated (68%), even though they’re No. 12 on the annual compensation list with an average of $339,000.
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