Incomes Are Up, While Paperwork Remains a Pain

Orthopaedic surgery remains one of the highest-paid specialties, but can you guess how many hours a week the average ortho surgeon spends on paperwork?

  • Average income for orthopaedic surgeons rose 9% from the prior year but increased at a slower pace than otolaryngology (+13%), gastroenterology (+12%), and dermatology (+11%).
  • Despite high job satisfaction, orthopaedic surgeons spend an average of 14 hours handling paperwork and administrative work.
  • Difficulties with insurers remain the most-often cited burden on practice.


Medscape. Medscape Orthopedist Compensation Report 2022: Incomes Gain, Pay Gaps Remain. Accessed May 9, 2023.