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Orthopedic Technician Salary

Orthopedic Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $17.26 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $12.29 per hour and $25.51. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, close to a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Orthopedic Technicians making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,415 - $55,866
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$56K
MEDIAN: $37,219
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$12.29 - $25.51
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,415 - $55,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
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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$25,933 - $54,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $25.51  
   
Overtime
$9.14 - $35.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
   
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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$25,933 - $54,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203

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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, splinting, and Casting are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Casting are similarly competent in Bracing.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Orthopedic Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $34K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $36K. Orthopedic Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

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 3%

Casting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 21%
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