Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants sits in the ballpark of $24.85 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. There are far more female Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,567 - $60,383
$31K
$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,956
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$18.82 - $31.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,567 - $60,383  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $3,973  
Commission
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$37,514 - $65,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.82 - $31.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$19.93 - $46.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$198.66 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$500  
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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$37,514 - $65,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,535

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Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Reliant Rehabilitation, where the average salary comes to $60K. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries at Genesis Group (+$59K), Genesis HealthCare (+$57K), and Select Rehabilitation, Inc. (+$54K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Genesis Rehab Services at $49K, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital where $49K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants there earn up to $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,220

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+14 percent), Houston (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (5 percent lower) and Canton (4 percent lower).

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Hillsboro:
"To negotiate for a higher wage rate with agreeing on years o."
Keep an open mind and don't settle. Negotiate.

Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
10%
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Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

Patient Education
▲6%

▲4%



Orthopedics
▲3%


Acute Care
▲1%

Occupational Health
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

hand therapy
▼1%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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