Orthotist Salary

Earnings for Orthotists in the United States come in at around $57K per year on average. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Orthotists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,747 - $82,137
(Median)
$38K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,911
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$14.74 - $35.00
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$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,747 - $82,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
Total Pay (?
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$34,168 - $81,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $35.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
   
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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$34,168 - $81,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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

  • Maintain patients' records.
  • Repair, rebuild and modify orthopedic appliances.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of orthopedic braces.
  • Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications for orthopedic devices.
  • Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.

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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 $47K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. Orthotists see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $69K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Orthotist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 9%
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