Pay for Certified Occupational Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $28.90 per hour. Female Certified Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Certified Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,570 - $85,149
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$85K
MEDIAN: $56,506
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$21.53 - $45.62
(Median)
$22
$29
$46
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,570 - $85,149  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$43,792 - $89,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $45.62  
   
Overtime
$44.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$43,792 - $89,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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 inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $56K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $57K on average. Certified Occupational Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $61K.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapist (COT) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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