Orthopedic Technician Salary

Average Orthopedic Technicians in the United States make around $17.24 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.52 per hour, and the top verges on $25.43. Male Orthopedic Technicians are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Orthopedic Technicians. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,920 - $60,704

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$12.52 - $25.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,920 - $60,704  
   
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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$26,432 - $54,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$8.70 - $36.59  
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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$26,432 - $54,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. 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 $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Orthopedic Technicians make a median salary of $41K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, 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 33%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 10%

Bracing
up arrow 6%

splinting
up arrow 2%

Casting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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