Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

An average Occupational Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $35.03 per hour. Pay ranges from $25.87 per hour on the low end to $46.43 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Occupational Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,135 - $80,244
(Median)
$46K
$62K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,067
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$25.87 - $46.43
(Median)
$26
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$46
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,135 - $80,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $916  
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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$50,220 - $92,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$25.87 - $46.43  
   
Overtime
$4.70 - $67.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $916  
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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$50,220 - $92,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 775

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Job Description for Occupational Therapist (OT)

An occupational therapist (OT) specializes in certain therapies that are intended to relate directly with improving a person's ability to function in daily living and working activities. OTs frequently aid patients in recovering their motor skills and they may help them learn how to once again independently dress themselves, cook, use a computer, write, and many different activities requiring strength and dexterity of the hands and fingers.

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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. When Occupational Therapists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Occupational Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Certified Hand Therapist, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed 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.


For Occupational Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $77K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $81K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries



Rehabilitation
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%