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Orthopedic Technician Salary

For Orthopedic Technicians, hourly average wages total $17.07 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.15 per hour on the low end to $24.77 on the high end. Men make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Technicians (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Technicians is high. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$24,329 - $54,576
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MEDIAN: $36,244
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$12.15 - $24.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,329 - $54,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Total Pay (?
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$25,704 - $53,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$8.25 - $35.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$25,704 - $53,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Most people familiar with 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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $34K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. Orthopedic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 11%

Bracing
up arrow 7%

splinting
up arrow 7%

Casting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%