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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. Compensation ranges between $21.53 per hour and $36.57. The majority of Certified Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,793 - $77,390
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$77K
MEDIAN: $62,001
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$21.53 - $36.57
(Median)
$22
$30
$37
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,793 - $77,390  
   
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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$43,770 - $79,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $36.57  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $58.72  
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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$43,770 - $79,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $60K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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