Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $25.77 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. For the most part, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who took the survey are female. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,108 - $61,716
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MEDIAN: $46,885
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$19.56 - $34.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,108 - $61,716  
   
Bonus
$187.50 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$2,650  
Commission
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,958 - $70,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $34.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$25.73 - $49.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$187.50 - $3,250  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,650  
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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$38,958 - $70,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,128

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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

  • 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)


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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)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 3,041 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 956 salaries. An experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 950 salaries. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 477 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,041

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Reviews

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

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Utica:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping people do their daily routines without the stress being involved. Helping them overcome the toughest thing they would have to encounter in their lives. Being taught all over again.
Cons: The least thing I like is when people struggle and become frustrated. I know it's only a matter of time before they achieve their goal. I can see the finish line but they get discouraged.

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.

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Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 410 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$53,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

geriatric
▲16%

snf
▲8%

▲6%


▲6%

School Based
▲6%




▲2%


National Average
$53,000

Occupational therapy
▼2%

hand therapy
▼4%

▼7%

Lymphedema
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 30%