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10 things to know about orthopedics

Written by Carrie Pallardy

From the most common procedures to surgeon compensation, here are 10 things to know about orthopedic procedures and surgeons in the United States.

1. There are approximately 27,773 orthopedic surgeons in the United States, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Nationally, there are 8.72 orthopedic surgeons per 100,000 people. Here are 10 statistics on the lowest and highest orthopedic surgeon density by state.

Highest density

•    Wyoming: 14.96
•    District of Columbia: 14.73
•    Montana: 14.63
•    New Hampshire: 13.58
•    Vermont: 13.25

Lowest density:

•    Mississippi: 6.55
•    West Virginia: 6.58
•    Texas: 6.83
•    Arkansas: 6.91
•    Nevada: 7.01

2. Of the 25 specialties surveyed in Medscape’s annual compensation report, orthopedists earned the most with an average salary of $413,000. From 2012 to 2013, orthopedists’ average salary rose 2 percent, according to theMedscape Orthopedist Compensation Report 2014. Here are nine statistics on orthopedist compensation across the country.

•    Great Lakes: $449,000
•    Northwest: $468,000
•    West: $343,000
•    Southeast: $423,000
•    Northeast: $410,000
•    Southwest: $408,000
•    Mid-Atlantic: $397,000
•    North Central: $391,000
•    South Central: $382,000

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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President of Ortho Sales Partners and Partner for The De Angelis Group. He also serves as Co-Founder and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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