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Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salary

Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $29.82 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $21.33 per hour to $36.66. Job satisfaction for Certified Occupational Therapists is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,317 - $76,202
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$41K
$62K
$76K
MEDIAN: $61,572
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$21.33 - $36.66
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$21
$30
$37
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,317 - $76,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
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$42,939 - $79,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.33 - $36.66  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $59.18  
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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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$42,939 - $79,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. Certified Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $60K.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

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
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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