A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) earns an average wage of $24.70 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. A skill in Home Health/Home Care is associated with high pay for this job.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Total Pay (?
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$28,893 - $59,587
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MEDIAN: $41,316
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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Total Pay (?
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$17.87 - $32.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,893 - $59,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,055  
Profit Sharing
$120.80 - $12,317  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$35,275 - $68,351  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,777
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $32.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.45  
Overtime
$22.90 - $46.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$120.80 - $12,317  
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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$35,275 - $68,351  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,777
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

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$51,000

Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

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Gender
Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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