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With the possible exception of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons are among the highest paid medical professionals. Indeed, spine surgeons, whether orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons, usually command the highest salaries among physicians.
Orthopedic surgery salary results, as well as those provided for different medical and surgical specialties, are based on surveys of physicians and are available publicly on the web.
There are locum tenens positions for orthopedics surgeons, and the pay scale is usually pegged to the national average income. The pay can be adjusted by local cost-of-living difference from the national average.
In evaluating physician jobs, it is useful to know the average pay for a given specialty. Independent of locum tenens positions, the national average of physician salaries in different specialties is often used as a target: a physician who generates the average patient income for the specialty receives the average . Bonuses are often pegged to the amount of income generated above the average.
The average physician salary for an internist (see Internal Medicine Survey) can be used as a benchmark for comparison with other medical specialities.
Source: Allied Physicians, Salary Survey 2003-2006
(Previous values from Physicians Search 1998 Salary Survey)