Orthopedic Technician Salary

Orthopedic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $17.21 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $12.50 per hour to $25.47. The majority of Orthopedic Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Orthopedic Technicians who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Roughly a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,161 - $60,079
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,942
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$12.50 - $25.47
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,161 - $60,079  
   
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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$26,459 - $54,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $25.47  
   
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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$26,459 - $54,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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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 narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $34K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $37K. Orthopedic Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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 1%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 21%
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