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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

The average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $25.29 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $18.74 per hour and $33.99. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. There are far more female Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The majority of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,498 - $60,239
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,231
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$18.74 - $33.99
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$19
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,498 - $60,239  
   
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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$37,148 - $70,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 827
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.74 - $33.99  
   
Overtime
$20.50 - $47.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$37,148 - $70,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,440

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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. The most common promotion for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants is an Occupational Therapist Assistant position, which usually brings in $45K a year. Another standard transition for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant role, where pay is often $57K.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Life Care Centers of America are among the top companies that take on many Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Employees at Reliant Rehabilitation enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $63K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $51K and higher ones not far away at only $81K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Infinity Rehab, Genesis HealthCare, and Sava Senior Care, where Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants typically earn around $59K, $59K, or $58K, respectively.

Encore Rehabilitation, LLC doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $47K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $57K and scope of pay is rather limited. Employees at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, HCR ManorCare, and ManorCare can also expect below-average earnings of $50K, $51K, and $52K.

Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 in pay of 6 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (7 percent less) and Louisville (3 percent less).

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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National Average
$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 574 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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