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Orthopedic Technician Salary (United States)

A typical Orthopedic Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.93 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.10 per hour and $24.82. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair portion do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Orthopedic Technician Salary (?
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$24,504 - $54,335
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MEDIAN: $36,746
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Orthopedic Technician Salary (?
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$12.10 - $24.82
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,504 - $54,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
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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$25,716 - $53,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $24.82  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $37.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
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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$25,716 - $53,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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Job Description for Orthopedic Technician

  • 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, splinting, Bracing, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $33K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $36K. Orthopedic Technicians see a median salary of $41K after reaching 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 $49K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$36,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 15%
splinting
up arrow 6%
Bracing
up arrow 5%
Casting
up arrow 2%
National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%