Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salary

The average Certified Orthotic Fitter in the United States earns approximately $15.25 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Certified Orthotic Fitters (55 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,383 - $47,882

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$11.81 - $19.64

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Salary
$28,383 - $47,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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$25,395 - $45,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $19.64  
   
Overtime
$17.33 - $27.09  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$25,395 - $45,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 takers who work as Certified Orthotic Fitters usually report a few specific 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Orthotic Fitters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $31K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Orthotic Fitters make a median salary of $39K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
0%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 25%
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