Orthotist Average Salary

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 5 Orthotist votes.
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$44,551 - $96,049  
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$40,388 - $93,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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.

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.
Orthotist Tasks
  • 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.

Key Stats


42 %
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Hanger Prosthetics
Union Orthotics and Prosthetics

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