Earnings for Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $29.40 per hour on average. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Certified Occupational Therapists is high. The vast majority of Certified Occupational Therapists (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,160 - $86,650
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MEDIAN: $55,676
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$24.47 - $46.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,160 - $86,650  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$45,064 - $92,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$24.47 - $46.54  
   
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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$45,064 - $92,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Certified Occupational Therapist (COT)

  • 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.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • 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.

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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $56K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $57K. Certified Occupational Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Certified Occupational Therapists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $61K.

Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapist (COT)

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %
032
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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