Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $25.75 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,075 - $61,673
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MEDIAN: $46,805
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$19.51 - $34.21
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,075 - $61,673  
   
Bonus
$199.20 - $3,054  
Profit Sharing
$2,650  
Commission
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,874 - $70,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 747
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.51 - $34.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$26.35 - $49.51  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$199.20 - $3,054  
   
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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$38,874 - $70,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,302

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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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While Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants do not often become Rehabilitation Directors, the job pays $88K per year on average. An Occupational Therapist Assistant role is the most common promotion for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $46K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants is a Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant position, where earnings are usually $58K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants include Aegis Therapies, Inc., RehabCare, Genesis HealthCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Life Care Centers of America. Functional Pathways Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $62K, though there is little variation overall ($46K to $72K). Other leaders in compensation levels are Reliant Rehabilitation at $62K, Sava Senior Care at $59K, and Genesis Group, where Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants annually earn $59K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Encore Rehabilitation, LLC, where the median salary is just $52K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $38K to $68K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Genesis Rehab Services ($52K), HCR ManorCare ($52K), and Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($55K).

Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with School Based, Skilled Nursing Facility, and snf are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 24 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics and hand therapy. 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 many Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,965

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Canton (4 percent less).

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 422 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

School Based
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Skilled Nursing Facility
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snf
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Outpatient
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National Average
$53,000

Occupational therapy
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hand therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 422 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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