Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Occupational Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $35.00 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $26.81 per hour on the lower side but can approach $46.31 on the higher side. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Occupational Therapists (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,317 - $81,897
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$48K
$63K
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MEDIAN: $63,314
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$26.81 - $46.31
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$27
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$46
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,317 - $81,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$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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$51,080 - $92,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 934
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$26.81 - $46.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.08  
Overtime
$22.69 - $67.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$51,080 - $92,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,142
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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 not the most common occurrence, Occupational Therapists sometimes become Rehabilitation Directors, where the average income is $87K per year. Occupational Therapists typically move into roles as Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists, and those positions pay $1K more and $1K more, respectively.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Healthsouth Corp., HCR ManorCare, and Reliant Rehabilitation are among the top companies that take on many Occupational Therapists. Reliant Rehabilitation offers the largest salaries in town — $87K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are RehabCare at $80K, Genesis HealthCare at $72K, and Kindred Healthcare, where Occupational Therapists annually earn $72K.

Offering a median salary of only $60K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $51K to $92K is pretty narrow, too. Other low-paying employers include HCR ManorCare at $64K and Healthsouth Corp. at $68K, though some Occupational Therapists there earn up to $105K.

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Occupational Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Certified Hand Therapist, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent in Acute Care and Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

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


Occupational Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. Occupational Therapists bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,969

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Occupational Therapists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Miami (+3 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (9 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries



Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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