Prosthetist (technician) - Salary and Career
Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians

Prosthetist (technician) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They interpret medical specifications and perform patient measurements to develop, design, manufacture, adapt and repair orthoses and prostheses (o/p), such as devices for correction or support for people with injuries in any part of the body and artificial limbs. They evaluate the patient and the prescription, plan, manufacture and monitor the operation of orthoses and prostheses, providing technical assistance, and manage the studio. The development of the work requires the use of professional communication skills with professionals in the field and patients.

How much does an Prosthetist (technician) earn

A Prosthetist (technician) earns between $1.146 and $9.638 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.940 and a median salary of $1.595 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 367 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Prosthetist (technician)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.940 35.279 735 15
1º Quartile 1.146 13.755 287 6
Median Salary 1.595 19.134 399 8
3º Quartile 7.351 88.206 1.838 37
Higher Salary 9.638 115.658 2.410 48


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • orthopedic prosthetic technicians

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Main workplaces

Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians they work in the area of health and social services. They are employers, they work individually and in teams with the medical team, without supervision. They perform their duties indoors and during daytime hours. They remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods and are exposed to toxic materials, loud noise, high temperatures and dust from materials.


What does it take to work in the field of Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians

The full exercise of the activities of this occupation requires a high school diploma and more than five years of professional experience.


Functions and activities of Prosthetist (technician)

Orthopedic Prosthetic Technicians must:

  • evaluate the patient and the prescription;
  • perform orthoses and prosthesis monitoring;
  • making orthoses and prostheses;
  • communicate;
  • perform orthoses and prosthesis follow-up;
  • planning the construction of orthoses and prostheses (op);
  • perform orthoses and prostheses follow-up;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • manage the orthosis and prosthesis workshop;
  • evaluate patient and prescription;
  • manage the orthotics and prosthetics workshop;
  • evaluate the patient and prescription;
  • make orthoses and prostheses;
  • manage the orthesis and prosthesis workshop;
  • perform orthoses and prostheses monitoring;

  • Activities

    • show patience;
    • demonstrate psychological understanding;
    • technically subsidize the orthotics and prosthetics budget;
    • organizing the work schedule until delivery;
    • making the interface between the patient's body and the orthosis and prosthesis;
    • deliver technical and educational lectures;
    • record patient and orthosis and prosthesis history;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • forward request and requests for complementary exams;
    • repair orthosis and prosthesis;
    • train auxiliary personnel;
    • keep technically up to date;
    • reform orthosis and prosthesis;
    • display manual skill;
    • participate in research for the introduction of modifications and innovations in orthoses and prostheses;
    • assembling orthosis and prosthesis;
    • perform orthosis and prosthesis test;
    • take measurements and molds;
    • work ethically;
    • work as a team;
    • advise the patient on the use, maintenance and hygiene of the orthosis and prosthesis;
    • report non-compliance in the orthosis and prosthesis or its use to the professionals involved;
    • participate in the prescribing team;
    • use epi;
    • interpret measurements and molds;
    • disclose services and techniques;
    • finishing orthosis and prosthesis;
    • talk with the patient about their expectations and potential;
    • supervise the technical activities;
    • perform the anamnesis;
    • demonstrate aesthetic sense;
    • analyze the prescription based on the information obtained;
    • choosing components and materials;
    • delivering orthosis and prosthesis to patients;
    • introduce new technology in orthosis and prosthesis to the patient;
    • periodically review orthosis and prosthesis;
    • define the orthosis and prosthesis with the patient;
    • talk about the case with the professionals involved;
    • adjusting orthosis and prosthesis;
    • perform a physical evaluation of the patient;
    • providing the maintenance of machines, tools and installations;
    • provide technical assistance during the adaptation phase;
    • prepare the positive mold;
    • determining the design of the orthosis and prosthesis;
    • develop the physical design of the orthosis and prosthesis workshop (layout) ;
    • acquire computer skills;
    • provide technical support to other professionals;
    • distribute tasks to assistants and others;
    • examine the prosthesis orthosis;
    • show perception of the patient's conditions;
    • coordinate technical and administrative activities;
    • select assistants;
    • suggest different types of orthoses and prostheses to the patient;
    • control the stock;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • promote safety and health in the orthosis and prosthesis workshop;


    Sectors that hire Prosthetist (technician) the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • manufacture of apparatus and utensils for correction of physical defects and orthopedic appliances in general under order
    • retailer of medical and orthopedic articles
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • prosthetics and orthopedic articles wholesale
    • dental activity with resources for performing surgical procedures
    • dental prosthesis services
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • wholesale of instruments and materials for medical, surgical, hospital and laboratory use
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams




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