When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $62K per year) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Austin, Texas ($51K), Colorado Springs, Colo. (approximately $45K), and Parkersburg, W.Va. ($28K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, California offers the highest pay at $72K annually.
Certified Orthotists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $60K per year — though Orthotists, Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists, and American Board Certified Orthotists also do fairly well at $53K, $49K, and approximately $44K, respectively. Earning only around $28K on average, Certified Pedorthists make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $63K annually. The greater proportion of employees (46 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $40K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
American Board Certified Prosthetists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $62K annually. Earning a Board-Certified Prosthetist certification garners significant financial rewards of about $50K per year on average. Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Incorporated provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor's Degree, Biology — these employees rake in approximately $52K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Budget Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $90K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Incorporated is Customer Service; just under one in five of employees use it for work. Operations Management, Medicaid & Medicare Billing, and Office Management are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 29 percent. Nearly all respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a solid majority of survey participants, and the larger part of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, relocation expenses, and a company cell phone.