Pedorthists are allied health professionals who specialize in fitting shoes and related orthotics, such as shoe inserts. They don't necessarily need a degree to find work, but they must complete approved training. They must also accumulate at least 1,000 hours of supervised experience and pass a certification exam. A national professional organization surveys pedorthists' salaries and reports that male pedorthists earn more than females on average.
Female Pedorthist Pay
The average annual salary of female pedorthists was $48,000 as of 2013, according to a survey of orthotics and prothetics professionals by The O&P Edge, a publication of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. The pay range for female pedorthists was $32,500 to $57,000 annually. All wages in the survey were rounded to the nearest $500.
Male Pedorthist Salaries
The average annual earnings of certified male pedorthists came to $49,000, with a salary range from $32,000 to $77,000 per year, according to the 2013 survey from The O&P Edge. Some men had alternate certification and were tallied as pedorthist/orthotists. These professionals reported an average salary of $53,000 per year. None of the women who responded to the survey had this certification.
A Changing Salary Environment
According to the 2013 O&P report, women are entering orthotics and prosthetics professions in greater numbers than men. As the population of new female pedorthists grows, female practitioners are younger and have fewer years of work experience on average than the males. This in part explains the salary difference. At the same time, however, the minimum qualifications have increased for new pedorthists, according to The O&P Edge. As of 2011, pedorthist programs must award a certificate at a minimum and be situated in a community college or higher institution.
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- Pedorthic Footcare Association: Position Statement On State Licensing of the Pedorthic Profession
- National Commission on Orthotic and Prostheic Education: NCOPE Approved Accreditation Courses
- Board of Certification: BOC Pedorthist Certification
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook -- Orthotists and Prostetists
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