Orthotist Salary

Just under three-fifths of Orthotists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $94K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. The vast majority of Orthotists (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Orthotists are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average.

$43,998 - $96,954
$44K
$61K
$97K
MEDIAN: $60,638
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90%

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$16.72 - $36.60
$30
MEDIAN: $30.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$43,998 - $96,954  
   
Bonus
$6,000  
Commission
$10,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,787 - $94,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$30.33  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$6,000  
   
Commission
$10,500  
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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$39,787 - $94,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Orthotist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Orthotists. The average inexperienced worker earns $49K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. On average, Orthotists make $72K following one to two decades on the job. Orthotists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $73K on average.

Key Stats for Orthotist

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Orthotist Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲14%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
▼13%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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