Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants is around $24.96 per hour. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,191 - $59,907
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$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,652
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$19.07 - $31.42
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$0$65K
Salary $30,191 - $59,907
Bonus $146.81 - $3,973
Commission $500
Total Pay (?
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$37,945 - $65,037
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 473
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $19.07 - $31.42
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $25.85 - $46.53
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $146.81 - $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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$37,945 - $65,037
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,562

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants flock to Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants flock to Reliant Rehabilitation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $60K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are Genesis Group at $59K, Genesis HealthCare at $57K, and Select Rehabilitation, Inc., where Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants annually earn $54K.

Other low-paying employers include Genesis Rehab Services at $49K and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital at $49K, though some Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants there earn up to $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,428

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+13 percent), Houston (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Canton (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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 Batavia:
"Poor pay scale."
Don't bother with an associates degree go directly to the OTR degree.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Moore:
"Dead end job."
Go back to school for something else.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in nyc:
"Use if self."
Know why you are in this field personally and don't be offended when that is questioned by anyone, while you continue to carry out your work as efficiently as possible. It is ok not to know what is expected of you because as you open your self to learn accepting the need to do so you will grow to know more than what is expected. It is for you to put it to use.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Atlanta:
"The benefits, salary caps."

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in San Diego:
"Advancements limited as a COTA."
Learn as much as possible. Don't limit yourself to one area of care. Unfortunately there will be a time that you know more than the OTR and may even be training a new OT grad and you won't get paid as much or get the respect you deserve. Some OT's maybe threatened by COTA and go as far as taking credit for COTA's work. Educate and promote role of COTA, many don't know all that COTA's are licensed to do.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Hollidaysburg:
"No raises given ever."
Don't go into this field.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Quakertown:
"That there would be no raises."

Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 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
▲5%

▲4%




Orthopedics
▲2%

Acute Care
▲1%

Occupational Health
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

hand therapy
▼2%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 33%
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