Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $29.65 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $21.85 per hour, and the top verges on $36.41. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,712 - $76,879
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$77K
MEDIAN: $60,882
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$21.85 - $36.41
(Median)
$22
$30
$36
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$42,712 - $76,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$44,366 - $78,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Hourly Rate
$21.85 - $36.41  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $58.17  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
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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$44,366 - $78,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. Certified Occupational Therapists bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $60K.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

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Entry-Level
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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
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
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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