Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Earnings for Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $35.00 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26.81 per hour and $46.31. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The vast majority of Occupational Therapists (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,317 - $81,897
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$82K
MEDIAN: $63,314
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$26.81 - $46.31
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$27
$35
$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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Occupational Therapists sometimes assume positions such as Rehabilitation Directors. That role pays $87K per year on average. The most common next step for an Occupational Therapist is to become a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist or a Registered Occupational Therapist. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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 top-notch employers for Occupational Therapists in this area. Those at Reliant Rehabilitation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $87K. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries at RehabCare (+$80K), Genesis HealthCare (+$72K), and Kindred Healthcare (+$72K).

While select Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital employees may bring in up to $92K, a median salary of only $60K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. 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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Certified Hand Therapist, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $79K in this role. 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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With a pay rate for Occupational Therapists that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Miami (+3 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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$69,000

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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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