Orthopaedic surgeons operate on musculoskeletal disorders and conditions such as arthritis, deformities and trauma. Surgeons specialising in orthopaedics replace joints, perform surgery on the spine and repair abnormalities. Surgeons can work in hospitals and private practice. The average salary for an orthopaedic surgeon is between £110,561 and £245,434 as of November 2010, according to Payscale.com.
The location of the orthopaedic practice is a factor in determining salary. The cost of living and demand for physicians in this field can be different in various areas of the country. Orthopaedic surgeons practicing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earn the highest salaries in the U.S. -- between £138,125 and £369,014 as of November 2010, according to Payscale.com. Surgeons working in San Diego, California earn average salaries between £32,806 and £239,517 annually.
Orthopaedic surgeons with years of experience earn the highest salaries. For example, surgeons with 20 years in the field or more earn average annual salaries between £134,929 and £280,066, according to Payscale.com. Surgeons just starting in the field of orthopaedics with less than a year earn an average salary up to £201,691.
Type of Employer
Orthopaedic surgeons can work for different types of employers, which may play a role in the salary that can be earned. Doctors in this field working for non-profit organisations earn the highest average salary range, which is between £169,000 and £328,250. Self-employed surgeons earn an average salary between £130,725 and £261,086, while those working for a hospital earn salaries of £97,126 to £204,231 annually on average, according to Payscale.com.
The benefits an orthopaedic surgeon earns can make a position more attractive. Those doctors running a private practice or those who are self-employed do not receive the same benefits as those working for a hospital or organisation. Some benefits orthopaedic surgeons receive from an employer include paid time off, malpractice insurance, medical insurance and a 401k plan.