Orthopedic Technician Salary (United States)

Earnings for Orthopedic Technicians in the United States typically come in at around $16.93 per hour. Compensation starts at $12.10 per hour and can reach $24.82. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Women make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Technicians (51 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Orthopedic Technicians. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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 (?
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  
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  
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 usually report a few 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. Most people experienced in Casting also know Bracing.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Orthopedic Technicians can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting at $33K, salaries for Orthopedic Technicians new to the field show little growth early on, reaching just $36K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $41K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Orthopedic Technicians tend to earn $49K at this point in time. 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 about one-fifth. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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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%