Orthopedic Technician Salary

The average Orthopedic Technician in the United States earns approximately $17.15 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.43 per hour and $25.41. For the most part, Orthopedic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Orthopedic Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,000 - $60,496
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,477
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$12.43 - $25.41
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,000 - $60,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
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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$26,205 - $54,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $25.41  
   
Overtime
$8.79 - $36.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
   
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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$26,205 - $54,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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


Orthopedic Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know 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 Orthopedic Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Orthopedic Technicians in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $34K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $37K. On average, Orthopedic Technicians make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $50K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 10%

Bracing
up arrow 6%

splinting
up arrow 3%

Casting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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