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Orthopedic Technician Salary

Earnings for Orthopedic Technicians in the United States come in at around $17.24 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.32 per hour, and the top verges on $25.45. Male Orthopedic Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,246 - $56,257
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$56K
MEDIAN: $36,580
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$12.32 - $25.45
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,246 - $56,257  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
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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$25,956 - $54,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$9.07 - $36.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
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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$25,956 - $54,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
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Job Description for Orthopedic Technician

Orthopedic technicians are in charge of assisting patients with orthopedic devices and providing appropriate medical advice. These individuals must have strong communication skills to interact with a variety of orthopedic patients and address all of their needs and be knowledgeable of many placement and repair techniques of orthopedic devices. They are also responsible for conducting training sessions to educate potential clients of the benefits of orthopedic devices.

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Orthopedic Technician Tasks

  • Choose type of casting material and method of casting, based on patient's lifestyle or preference.
  • Monitor patients' vital statistics and inform physician of any changes while performing casting procedure.
  • Assist in readjusting joint or bones in patients under direction of physician.
  • Apply and remove plaster casts for use in patient traction, based on physician's instructions.

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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Technician


Professional skills reported by Orthopedic Technicians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Casting also know Bracing.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Technician

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


For many Orthopedic Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 11%

Bracing
up arrow 6%

splinting
up arrow 3%

Casting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%
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