With three in five of Certified Orthotists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Certified Orthotists is $60K per year and can range from $36K on the lower end to $83K per year near the higher end. A large number enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-third. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Certified Orthotists — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Certified Orthotists (69 percent) survey respondents are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,880 - $83,731
(Median)
$36K
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$84K
MEDIAN: $59,512
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,880 - $83,731  
   
Bonus
$3,300  
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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$35,885 - $83,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$23.90  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$3,300  
   
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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$35,885 - $83,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Certified Orthotist (CO)

  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Repair, rebuild and modify orthopedic appliances.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthopedic braces.
  • Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications for orthopedic devices.
  • Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.

Common Career Paths for Certified Orthotist (CO)


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Certified Orthotists who transition into an upper level American Board Certified Orthotist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average American Board Certified Orthotist makes $61K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Orthotist (CO)

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


Certified Orthotists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $46K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $57K. On average, Certified Orthotists make $70K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Certified Orthotist (CO) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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