Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists in the United States take home approximately $63K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,589 - $90,383  
   
Bonus
$976 - $10,000  
Commission
$8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$39,033 - $93,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.20  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$976 - $10,000  
   
Commission
$8,000  
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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$39,033 - $93,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $53K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $95K.

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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
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Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$64,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) Salaries

Orthotics Fitting
up arrow 57%

Prosthetics Fitting
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National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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