Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

Median pay for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $25.51 per hour. Compensation ranges from $19.16 per hour on the lower end to $34.24 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,131 - $61,325
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,449
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$19.16 - $34.24
(Median)
$19
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,131 - $61,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$37,950 - $70,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 966
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.16 - $34.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.45  
Overtime
$19.42 - $48.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$37,950 - $70,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,311
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Job Description for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

The position of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) entails the oversight, administration and assistance of occupational therapy activities. This position reports to and aids Registered Occupational Therapists in applying therapies and occupational therapy techniques for the purpose of rehabilitation of people with injuries and/or disabilities. Rehabilitative services may be physical, emotional, psychological or mental in nature, depending upon the need of the patients being served. Assistance and instruction directly to a patient and/or a patient's family may be required, so strong, professional and interpersonal skills are preferred. COTAs must be able to document, organize, sort and store information related to patient health, status and progress, as well as billing, schedules and other administrative documents and resources.

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Tasks

  • Instruct patients and families in home programs, basic living skills and the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Assist occupational therapists with implementing treatment plans designed to help patients function independently.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
  • Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.

Common Career Paths for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Rehabilitation Director, where median compensation is $87K annually. The most common career progression for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants leads to becoming an Occupational Therapist Assistant, where pay is typically $45K. However, many Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants also opt to become Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, a position that pays $58K on average.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants flock to RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Life Care Centers of America, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in search of the best pay head to Reliant Rehabilitation, where the median salary rolls in at $62K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $74K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $51K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Genesis HealthCare, Sava Senior Care, and Infinity Rehab, top-paying firms where Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants rake in a comfortable $59K, $59K, or $58K, respectively.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will find the worst pay at Encore Rehabilitation, LLC, where the median salary crawls in at $47K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $54K, leaving little room for growth. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, HCR ManorCare and Genesis Rehab Services are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $50K, $51K, and $52K.

Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Skilled Nursing Facility, Outpatient, Home Health/Home Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include mental health, Pediatrics, and hand therapy. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,345

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Home to some of the best pay for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+22 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)?

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Bellport:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I enjoy working with patients and seeing their progress from dependent to independent. The staff that I work with all have a great sense of humor which is important to have when working long hours as well as making therapy fun for the patients.
Cons: There are large gaps in pay scales with COTAs depending on the year you were hired. Some COTAs make over $30-35 and I make $24.48 an hour. I don't like how only one therapist from each discipline can take off even if it's a holiday. My job also is $100% productive so paperwork is on your own time.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Brookhaven:
"Educational and rewarding experience."
Pros: I enjoy working within a positive and supportive environment where I can learn and grow as a health care provider. I have flexible hours, have a great boss, have great health benefits, computerized paperwork, great patients, and work in a beautiful gym in a beautiful facility.
Cons: I feel that I am underpaid by at least 8-10 dollars, unrealistic expectations of paperwork in the time allotted, have to be 100% productive which includes paperwork. You are only paid by the minutes you treat so if the census is low you will receive less pay.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Louisville:
"Love It!"
Pros: I love working with people and making a difference in people's lives.
Cons: Fiscally demanding and mentally draining. The drive is getting old fast.

What is it like working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) at Infinity Rehab?

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Colville:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I love the flexible schedule, it's a good working environment and I'm part of a good team, that works well together.

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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

Skilled Nursing Facility
up arrow 19%

Outpatient
up arrow 14%




Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Occupational therapy
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
0%

National Average
$52,000

Occupational Health
up arrow 1%

School Based
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hand therapy
up arrow 4%


mental health
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 651 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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