Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salary

Certified Orthotic Fitters in the United States can expect wages of $15.43 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $11.88 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.45. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Certified Orthotic Fitters claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,395 - $48,420
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$29K
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MEDIAN: $35,915
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$11.88 - $21.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,395 - $48,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
Commission
$5,175  
Total Pay (?
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$26,078 - $46,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $21.45  
   
Overtime
$17.10 - $27.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
   
Commission
$5,175  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,078 - $46,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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Job Description for Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)

Once a trained physician has determined the best course of action for a patient needing prosthetics, a certified orthotic fitter works with the patient to customize the medical device. They then helps the patient with fitting, as well as how to properly use and maintain it. The certified orthotic fitter works with both the patient and the physician to learn about the patient's needs, and they work with the patient to instruct them on how to use their new medical device safely and effectively; this involves some initial training for devices such as artificial limbs or supports so the patient grows accustomed to the device and uses it safely. The certified orthotic fitter continues to work with the patient in the following weeks and months to make sure that the adjustment is going smoothly and assists the patient when they have problems or concerns.

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Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Tasks

  • Take patients' body or limb measurements.
  • Fit basic prefabricated orthotic appliances onto patients and make minor adjustments.
  • Instruct patients in use of orthotic devices.

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Survey results show that Certified Orthotic Fitters typically report just a few professional skills. Orthotics Fitting and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Certified Orthotic Fitters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. Certified Orthotic Fitters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $39K. Certified Orthotic Fitters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $40K on average.

Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) in Charlotte:
"Education."
Get as much education as you can and read as much information on the field as you can to keep your knowledge up to par. Having good people skills and time management skills is a must for this career.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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