The average Occupational Therapist in the United States earns approximately $35.72 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,532 - $84,970
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$50K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,618
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$27.91 - $48.80
(Median)
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$36
$49
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,532 - $84,970  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $8,081  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$52,913 - $95,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.91 - $48.80  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $65.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.73 - $8,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$52,913 - $95,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,817
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Job Description for Occupational Therapist (OT)

An occupational therapist helps people gain better functioning of their bodies so that daily activities can be performed better. The occupational therapist will perform an evaluation of a patient’s abilities. Then goals can be planned, according to the needs and wants of the client and the client’s family. The goals may be modified over time, according to the patient’s progress. It is important to evaluate each patient differently and to provide continuous progress evaluations.

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Occupational Therapist (OT) Tasks

  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Therapist (OT)


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Though some Occupational Therapists move into positions like Rehabilitation Director (where the average salary is $88K), this progression is not the norm. More often, however, Occupational Therapists go on to become Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Occupational Therapists include RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., HCR ManorCare, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Brookdale leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $91K. Other big spenders include Reliant Rehabilitation, HCA, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare, top-paying firms where Occupational Therapists see paychecks nearing $88K, $84K, or $74K.

Healthsouth Corp., HCR ManorCare, and Kindred Healthcare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $70K.

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Survey results imply that Occupational Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Occupational therapy, Geriatrics, and Certified Hand Therapist are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include mental health and Pediatrics. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. For Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Occupational Therapists 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 $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,878

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For Occupational Therapists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+6 percent) and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 16 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries


Occupational therapy
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Rehabilitation
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National Average
$71,000

Acute Care
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Outpatient
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Pediatrics
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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