A Prosthetist earns an average salary of $61,067 per year.

$47,729 - $95,000
MEDIAN: $61,066

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$47,729 - $95,000  
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$46,511 - $91,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Prosthetist

Prosthetists create and fit artificial body parts for patients who need them. They are responsible for meeting with patients and evaluating the type of prostheses that would be most beneficial, and they often take molds of patients' bodies at the points which need artificial replacement and create the new, artificial parts from those molds. This process requires much dexterity and precision, and prosthetists also advise and educate patients about their new prostheses and their proper care and maintenance. Prosthetists will also be consulted when prostheses break or malfunction, and record keeping is of great importance in this position.


Prosthetist Tasks

  • Make and modify plaster casts of areas that will be fitted with prosthesis, selecting materials to be used.
  • Instruct patients in the use and care of prosthesis limbs in upper or lower body.
  • Design prosthetic devices or artificial limbs, based on physicians' prescription and examination and measurement of the patient.
  • Confer with physicians in order to formulate specifications prosthetic devices.
  • Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic appliances.

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Pay by Experience Level for Prosthetist

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

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Experience Affects Prosthetist Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


40 %
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Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 12%