Orthotists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $60K annually, but may range from $41K to $92K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-half collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Orthotists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Orthotist
The main role of an orthotist is to create medical support devices and appliances and to ensure that they meet the needs and desires of the patient. They work with health care providers to assist patients suffering from deformities, injuries, and disabilities in the spine, arms, legs, or other parts of the body. They often work in medical centers like hospitals, where they can monitor patients and adjust their devices to meet their personal needs. These can be devices such as braces, corrective shoes, or facial appliances to improve the appearance of deformities. They are usually trained as prosthetists, who create artificial arms, legs, noses, ears, or other body parts.Read More...
They meet and get to know patients so that they can assess their specific requirements. They take the patients' measurements and use them to design devices that will fit properly. They choose the optimal materials and fabricate the device. Then they have the patient test them out to make sure that everything fits and works properly. It is very important for the orthotist to ensure that the patient is completely satisfied with their device. They will also teach the patient how to use the device on their own. They will also be available to repair devices.
They must have strong social and communication skills, as these kind of patients can be very emotional. They will need to obtain at least a bachelor's degree, but a master's is optimal. They will also receive on the job training, continue to attend conferences, and obtain new, updated information.
- Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
- Design orthotic devices or braces, based on physicians' prescription and examination and measurement of patient.
- Supervise and train staff who are constructing the appliances.
- Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications for orthopedic devices.
- Maintain patients' records.
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Pay by Experience Level for Orthotist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. For Orthotists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $69K on average.
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