Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salary
Certified Orthotic Fitters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.68 per hour. Most people is this field find their work highly enjoyable. Men make up a slight majority of Certified Orthotic Fitters (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little less than one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
To become a certified orthotic fitter, a high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement. An associate's degree in a relevant field may be needed to advance within the field. Accreditation from an organization such as the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education is needed to be a certified orthotic fitter.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Certified Orthotic Fitters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $32K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $34K. Certified Orthotic Fitters see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $48K.