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Orthopedic Technician Salary

Orthopedic Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $17.26 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $12.33 per hour and $25.20. Men make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Technicians (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Orthopedic Technicians. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,329 - $56,066
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$56K
MEDIAN: $36,884
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$12.33 - $25.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,329 - $56,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
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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$26,048 - $54,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $25.20  
   
Overtime
$9.14 - $34.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
   
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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$26,048 - $54,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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


Job skills reported by Orthopedic Technicians are limited. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Those familiar with Casting also tend to know Bracing.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Orthopedic Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $37K. Orthopedic Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. 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%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 11%

Bracing
up arrow 6%

splinting
up arrow 5%

Casting
up arrow 2%

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
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%