Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $29.90 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $22.58 per hour to $40.42. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,512 - $80,990
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,000
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$22.58 - $40.42
(Median)
$23
$30
$40
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,512 - $80,990  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$46,018 - $83,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.58 - $40.42  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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).
)
$46,018 - $83,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Certified Occupational Therapist (COT)

  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Occupational Therapist (COT)

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Certified Occupational Therapists bring in $64K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $61K.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$62,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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