Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

The average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $25.35 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $18.88 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $34.03. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,741 - $61,109
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,750
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$18.88 - $34.03
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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
$29,741 - $61,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
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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$37,485 - $70,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.88 - $34.03  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $47.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
   
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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$37,485 - $70,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,581
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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. Given that the median pay is $45K, it may be surprising to find that an Occupational Therapist Assistant is the most common role for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant role — which pays $58K — is also typical for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants fill the offices of leading firms RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Life Care Centers of America. Reliant Rehabilitation offers the best pay with a median salary of $63K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $51K and maxing out at just $79K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sava Senior Care, Genesis HealthCare, and Infinity Rehab, where Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants typically earn around $60K, $60K, or $59K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Encore Rehabilitation, LLC — median pay is $47K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $38K and only reaching $57K. HCR ManorCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and ManorCare 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)


Survey takers working as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Outpatient, Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health and Pediatrics. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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

Outpatient
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Long Term Care
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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

Occupational Health
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 585 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
41%
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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