Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary
|Salary||$31,108 - $61,716|
|Bonus||$187.50 - $3,250|
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|$38,958 - $70,750|
|Hourly Rate||$19.56 - $34.18|
|Overtime||$25.73 - $49.61|
|Bonus||$187.50 - $3,250|
|Total Pay (||$38,958 - $70,750|
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.Read More...
This job may involve physical assessment of patients and administration of therapies in various healthcare settings, including clinical, outpatient, or home environments (this may involve driving to and from a patient's home in order to meet his or her needs). In-home and off-site work will often require direct supervision by a Registered Occupational Therapist, but will sometimes include independent activity.
Background in physical therapy or applied kinesiology will be strongly beneficial. Certification must be assured for the completion of at least one of over 135 accredited occupational therapy assistant programs in the United States. Education requirements for this position will also involve at least an Associate’s degree in a field directly related to occupational therapy. Compensation will be determined based on both the individual and the requirements of the occupational therapy firm. Individual compensation will be evaluated based on their certification, level of training, experience and location.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Tasks
- Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
- Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.
- Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Though it's uncommon, some Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants move into roles as Rehabilitation Directors, where pay is an average $88K per year. An Occupational Therapist Assistant role is the most prevalent career advancement for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Paychecks for that role are $46K on average. The Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant position is another common transition for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants; in this role, salaries are typically at the $58K mark.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Aegis Therapies, Inc., RehabCare, Genesis HealthCare, Kindred Healthcare, and HCR ManorCare are among the top companies that take on many Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Although Affirma Rehabilitation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $73K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $46K to $85K. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Reliant Rehabilitation (+$63K), Sava Senior Care (+$60K), and Genesis Group (+$59K).
HCR ManorCare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $52K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $41K to $66K. Also approaching the lower end are Genesis Rehab Services at $53K, Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $54K, and Select Rehabilitation, Inc. at $55K.
Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in geriatric, snf, School Based, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Lymphedema, Pediatrics, and hand therapy. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. For Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Canton and 3 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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