Occupational Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $35.84 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. There are far more female Occupational Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Therapists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,585 - $85,411
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MEDIAN: $64,544
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$28.07 - $48.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,585 - $85,411  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Total Pay (?
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$53,166 - $95,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.07 - $48.77  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $64.88  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.00 - $8,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$53,166 - $95,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,953

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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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There are some Occupational Therapists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Rehabilitation Directors, where earnings are an average $88K annually. More often, however, Occupational Therapists go on to become Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Occupational Therapists include RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., HCR ManorCare, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital. The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale — the median salary there is $91K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Reliant Rehabilitation, HCA, Inc., and HCR ManorCare, where earnings of $88K, $84K, or $75K are standard for Occupational Therapists.

Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $63K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $82K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Fox Rehabilitation at $70K, and Healthsouth Corp. where $71K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Occupational Therapists there earn up to $105K.

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Occupational therapy, Geriatrics, and Occupational Health are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mental health, Pediatrics, and Outpatient. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $82K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $86K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,057

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Relative to Occupational Therapists in the rest of the country, Occupational Therapists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Minneapolis (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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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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Occupational Health
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Acute Care
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National Average
$71,000

Outpatient
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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