Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

The average Occupational Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $34.92 per hour. Pay ranges from $26.28 per hour on the low end to $46.22 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women account for the majority of Occupational Therapists who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,098 - $81,057

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$26.28 - $46.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,098 - $81,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,250  
Total Pay (?
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$50,680 - $92,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 759
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$26.28 - $46.22  
   
Overtime
$5.17 - $67.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $4,250  
   
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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$50,680 - $92,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 853
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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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It's not very common for Occupational Therapists to move on to become Rehabilitation Directors. Average pay for a Rehabilitation Director is $87K annually. 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 report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $64K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $73K. For Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $82K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Occupational Therapists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Occupational Therapists in Milwaukee take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (5 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries




National Average
$68,000


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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National Average
$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 19%
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