Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Median pay for Occupational Therapists in the United States is around $35.98 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Occupational Therapists are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,722 - $85,466
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MEDIAN: $64,803
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$28.26 - $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,722 - $85,466  
   
Bonus
$469.78 - $8,243  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Total Pay (?
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$53,522 - $95,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.26 - $49.00  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $64.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$469.78 - $8,243  
   
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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$53,522 - $95,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,961

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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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Occupational Therapists sometimes assume positions such as Rehabilitation Directors. That role pays $88K per year on average. More often, however, Occupational Therapists go on to become Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Occupational Therapists include RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Healthsouth Corp. Occupational Therapists flock to Brookdale for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $91K lead the pack in compensation. Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks at Reliant Rehabilitation ($88K), HCA, Inc. ($84K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($81K).

Salaries are easily beat at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where median pay comes to just $63K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $53K and ending at $82K, range in salary is rather small. Also approaching the lower end are Healthsouth Corp. at $68K, Fox Rehabilitation at $69K, and Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $72K.

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Occupational Therapists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Occupational therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mental health, Pediatrics, and Outpatient. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled in Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Occupational Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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: $71,292

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Occupational Therapists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+11 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), Miami (+5 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (15 percent lower) and Milwaukee (13 percent lower).

Occupational Therapist (OT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Vineland:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Working in home care, my schedule looks different everyday. I make more than the average new grad. I enjoy community based OT. I work for a good director.
Cons: I have no paid holidays and to request to use personal time for a holiday or any other time off, requests must be submitted 4-6 months in advance. I spend all day in my car.

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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 177 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$71,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲22%


Occupational therapy
▲11%

▲7%


Occupational Health
▲5%


▲2%

Acute Care
▼0%

National Average
$71,000

Outpatient
▼3%

▼4%

mental health
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
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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