Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary

Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $29.88 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges from $22.49 per hour on the lower end to $38.20 on the higher end. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Certified Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$42,963 - $78,619

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$22.49 - $38.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,963 - $78,619  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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$45,654 - $81,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.49 - $38.20  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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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$45,654 - $81,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. Certified Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $60K.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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