Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $25.33 per hour. Compensation ranges from $18.84 per hour on the lower end to $34.05 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. The vast majority of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,690 - $61,151
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$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,519
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$18.84 - $34.05
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$19
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$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,690 - $61,151  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$37,392 - $70,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 850
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.84 - $34.05  
   
Overtime
$21.06 - $48.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.32 - $1,965  
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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$37,392 - $70,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,575
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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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As Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Rehabilitation Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Rehabilitation Directors earn $87K on average per year. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants go on to become Occupational Therapist Assistants more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $45K. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who move into a Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $58K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Life Care Centers of America are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Although salaries only range from $51K to just $81K, Reliant Rehabilitation still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $63K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis HealthCare at $60K, Sava Senior Care at $59K, and Infinity Rehab, where Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants annually earn $59K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $38K to just $57K — but Encore Rehabilitation, LLC offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $47K. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, HCR ManorCare and ManorCare are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $50K, $50K, and $52K.

Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Long Term Care, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health and Pediatrics. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know 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.


For Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $54K. On average, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), San Antonio (+16 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Denver and 3 percent less in Louisville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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




Patient Education
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Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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Acute Care
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hand therapy
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School Based
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National Average
$52,000

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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 584 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 30%
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