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Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $29.99 per hour. Earnings sit near $22.15 per hour on the lower side but can approach $36.95 on the higher side. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary (?
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$43,205 - $73,119
(Median)
43K
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69K
MEDIAN: $60,882
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Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$22.15 - $36.95
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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50%
75%
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$43,205 - $73,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$45,597 - $79,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $36.95  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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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$45,597 - $79,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 $67K. On average, Certified Occupational Therapists make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$62,000
Late-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 23%