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.

$44,250 - $95,448
$44K
$60K
$95K
MEDIAN: $59,503
10%
50%
90%

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$16.72 - $36.60
$30
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,250 - $95,448  
   
Bonus
$6,000  
Commission
$10,500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,596 - $92,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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$40,596 - $92,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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.


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.

Key Stats for Orthotist

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Orthotist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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