An Occupational Therapist (OT) earns an average wage of $33.97 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Geriatrics and Home Health/Home Care.
Occupational Therapist (OT) Total Pay (?
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$43,930 - $78,216
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MEDIAN: $59,967
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Occupational Therapist (OT) Total Pay (?
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$25.24 - $45.91
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,930 - $78,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,948  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $986  
Total Pay (?
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$48,639 - $91,624  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$25.24 - $45.91  
   
Overtime
$20.13 - $66.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $986  
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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$48,639 - $91,624  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,712
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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.
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$66,000
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St. Louis
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

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$66,000
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 227 votes.
Gender
Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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