Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary

Earnings for Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $29.46 per hour on average. Most Certified Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Certified Occupational Therapists making up 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,889 - $87,385
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$87K
MEDIAN: $55,495
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$25.91 - $47.50
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$48
MEDIAN: $29.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,889 - $87,385  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$44,553 - $91,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$25.91 - $47.50  
   
Overtime
$46.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$44,553 - $91,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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 inexperienced worker earns $57K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $58K. Certified Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $61K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapist (COT)

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Experienced
▲15%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼5%

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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