Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salary

With the highest median pay of $95K, very senior Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists make much more than the national average ($62K annually) for those in this field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $55K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $63K on average. On average, Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $95K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,510 - $92,135
$41K
$62K
$92K
MEDIAN: $62,471
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$12.81 - $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,510 - $92,135  
   
Bonus
$966 - $15,893  
Commission
$2,800  
Total Pay (?
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$40,072 - $96,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.00  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$966 - $15,893  
   
Commission
$2,800  
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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$40,072 - $96,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)

Certified prosthetists/orthotists (CPOs) are responsible for evaluating the needs for prosthetics in patients who are missing limbs and interacting with patients to gather needs, analyze the situation, request medical studies and blood samples, and explain the process to patients and their families. They may also design and fabricate prosthetic limbs or apparatuses for patients in need of more mobility and comfort.

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Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Tasks

  • Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications for orthopedic or prosthetic devices.
  • Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthoses and prostheses.
  • Design orthopedic and prosthetic devices, based on physicians' prescription and examination and measurement of patient.
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prosthesis, selecting materials to be used.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 66 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 21 salaries. A Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 25 salaries.

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)?

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) in Denver:
"Future of company."
Get exposure to many aspects of the profession whether it be in private practice, hospital, institution and regional location. Find out which aspect of the practice you most enjoy and focus on companies that gravitate toward that direction.

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) in Memphis:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Getting to travel to different patient's house, hospitals, & interacting with different patients & therapists as well as educating them.
Cons: Seeing that the patient does not understand what kind of device you are providing and they don't follow the directions.

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Key Stats for Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO)

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
▲58%

Prosthetics Fitting
▲11%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 12%
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