Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant earns approximately $24.90 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,576 - $60,124
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$46K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,940
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$18.95 - $31.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,576 - $60,124  
   
Bonus
$196.90 - $4,146  
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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$37,822 - $65,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.95 - $31.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$20.24 - $46.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$196.90 - $4,146  
   
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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$37,822 - $65,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,658

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants include Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare. Those at Reliant Rehabilitation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K. Other big spenders include Genesis Group, Genesis HealthCare, and Select Rehabilitation, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants see paychecks nearing $59K, $57K, or $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: $51,342

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

For Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+13 percent), Houston (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Indianapolis and 4 percent less in Canton, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 221 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 221 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 31%
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