Orthopedic Technician Salary (United States)

Salaries for Orthopedic Technicians in the United States sit in the ballpark of $16.93 per hour. The range in pay spans from $12.10 per hour to $24.82. Health benefits are not claimed by all—23 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Technicians is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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 (?
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$25,716 - $53,463  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. 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.
Orthopedic Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New Orthopedic Technicians earn approximately $33K, only slightly increasing to $36K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $41K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Orthopedic Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 20 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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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%
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