Orthopedic Technician Salary

Pay for Orthopedic Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.33 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.53 per hour and $25.84. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most Orthopedic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,784 - $60,288
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,659
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$12.53 - $25.84
(Median)
$13
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,784 - $60,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
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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$26,212 - $55,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $25.84  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $38.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
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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$26,212 - $55,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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


Survey takers who work as Orthopedic Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, Casting, and splinting are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $34K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. Orthopedic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 11%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Wound Care
up arrow 11%

Casting
up arrow 1%

Bracing
up arrow 1%

splinting
0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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