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
(Median)
$15
$20
$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 (CPO) design artificial limbs and braces that are fitted to patients' requirements according to their body type, particular disease, and loss of function. It is important for CPOs to work with patients' doctors to best understand their needs, and then a cast is created from selected materials. Fitting for the artificial limb must be done in a careful manner and modifications will be carried out if necessary, and the device will also be tested so the patient can make sure it fits and functions properly.

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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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Survey takers who work as Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Orthotics Fitting and Prosthetics Fitting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

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.

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Experience Affects Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$66,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
up arrow 52%

Prosthetics Fitting
up arrow 7%

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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