Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

The average Occupational Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $36.18 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Occupational Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,593 - $85,765
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MEDIAN: $64,680
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$28.50 - $49.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,593 - $85,765  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,919  
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
Total Pay (?
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$53,652 - $96,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.50 - $49.35  
   
Overtime
$32.78 - $63.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,900  
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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$53,652 - $96,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,312

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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.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • 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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Occupational Therapists who advance into the role of a Rehabilitation Director are fairly uncommon. Rehabilitation Directors on average earn $88K per year. Moving from an Occupational Therapist to Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist or Registered Occupational Therapist is a more common career path, however.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Healthsouth Corp. are top-notch employers for Occupational Therapists in this area. Occupational Therapists flock to Brookdale for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $91K lead the pack in compensation. Reliant Rehabilitation, HCA, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. also offer top salaries for Occupational Therapists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $88K, $84K, and $81K, respectively.

With a median salary of $63K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Occupational Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $82K, limiting employee salary growth. Healthsouth Corp., Fox Rehabilitation, and Aegis Therapies, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $68K, $69K, and $72K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Survey results imply that Occupational Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Occupational therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include mental health, Pediatrics, and Outpatient. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Pay by Experience for an Occupational Therapist (OT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Occupational Therapist (OT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 2,106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 560 salaries. An experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 677 salaries. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,584

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Occupational Therapists, 24 percent higher than the national average. Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Miami (+5 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Baltimore and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Occupational Therapist (OT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Vineland:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Working in home care, my schedule looks different everyday. I make more than the average new grad. I enjoy community based OT. I work for a good director.
Cons: I have no paid holidays and to request to use personal time for a holiday or any other time off, requests must be submitted 4-6 months in advance. I spend all day in my car.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$72,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲22%


Occupational therapy
▲10%

▲7%

Occupational Health
▲5%


▲2%


Acute Care
▼0%

National Average
$72,000

▼4%

Outpatient
▼4%

mental health
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 23%
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