The average Orthotic Salary, Orthotist Salary, and Prosthetist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Orthotists and Prosthetists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other settings.
An Orthotic, Orthotist or Prosthetist salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Orthotists and Prosthetists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.
An Orthotics specialist, Orthotist, and a Prosthetist are all essentially the same type of technician. They work with designing, building, or customizing orthopedic assistive devices ranging from a simple shoe insert to specialized artificial limbs.
Median Hourly & Annual Data
The average Orthotic salary, Orthotist salary, or Prosthetist salary is $31.37 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $17.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $54.00 per hour.
On an annual basis the mean Orthotic, Orthotist, or Prosthetist salary is $71,000 The lowest 10% earn less than $35,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $112,500 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.
Lowest and Highest Orthotist & Prosthetist Salary
The lowest paid Orthotists and Prosthetists earn average wages below $17.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $54.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.
Top 5 States
The best paying states to earn an Orthotics, Orthotist, or Prosthetist salary are Rhode Island, Louisiana, New York, Iowa, and New Hampshire.
Top 5 Metropolitan Areas
The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an Orthotics salary, Orthotist or Prosthetist salary are Providence-Warwick RI-MA, Dayton OH, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, and Indianapolis IN.
Other Industries that Employ Orthotics, Orthotists or Prosthetists
Professional or Commercial Equipment supply companies, Medical Equipment and Supply Manufacturers, and Consumer Rental companies also employ Orthotists and Prosthetists.
It is estimated that there are 6860 Orthotics, Orthotists, and Prosthetists specialists employed in the U.S.
Where They Work
Over 1650 Orthotists or Prosthetists work in Health and Personal Care stores. Approximately 1100 work in hospitals or physicians offices. An additional 250 work for other healthcare professionals. The federal government and the military employ approximately 600.
Private Practice vs. Employment
Orthotics specialists, Orthotists, and Prosthetists are assistive personnel who work primarily as employees. Self-employment opportunities do exist but are not common.
Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.