Orthopedic Technician Salary

Median pay for Orthopedic Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.05 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Orthopedic Technicians (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most Orthopedic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,080 - $59,608
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$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,040
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$13.35 - $27.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,080 - $59,608  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$27,373 - $58,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $27.52  
   
Overtime
$21.22 - $40.93  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,373 - $58,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Technician


Orthopedic Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Wound Care, Bracing, Casting, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include splinting and Orthopedics. Most people experienced in Casting also know Bracing.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Technician

Pay by Experience for an Orthopedic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Orthopedic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 111 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Orthopedic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Orthopedic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 70 salaries. An Orthopedic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 35 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,746

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Orthopedic Technicians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Orthopedic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

Orthopedic Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Orthopedic Technician?

Orthopedic Technician in Holly Springs:
"A rewarding job."
Pros: What I enjoy most about my job is the patient interaction. It is a great feeling seeing our patients go home with a smile on their face, looking forward to recovering and getting back to doing what they love.
Cons: I honestly don't have a negative aspect regarding my job. I enjoy what I do and I have a great team.

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Technician

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Technician Salaries

▲30%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Technician Salaries

▲5%

Bracing
▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$39,000

Orthopedics
▼3%

▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 14%