Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salary

The average Certified Prosthetist or Orthotist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $65K per year. Work is enjoyable for Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than half collect dental insurance. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,596 - $88,660
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $65,356
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$14.52 - $52.64
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$15
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$53
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,596 - $88,660  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,534  
Profit Sharing
$9,100  
Commission
$11,500  
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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$42,525 - $93,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $52.64  
   
Overtime
$37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,534  
   
Commission
$11,500  
Profit Sharing
$9,100  
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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$42,525 - $93,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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

  • Supervise and train staff who are constructing the appliances.
  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prosthesis, selecting materials to be used.
  • Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.

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

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $87K.

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Advice

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

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.

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

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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Experience Affects Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
up arrow 52%

Prosthetics Fitting
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National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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