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Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

The average Occupational Therapist in the United States earns approximately $34.97 per hour. Pay ranges from $25.94 per hour on the low end to $46.36 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,005 - $80,054
(Median)
$47K
$62K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,271
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$25.94 - $46.36
(Median)
$26
$35
$46
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,005 - $80,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,470  
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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$50,404 - $92,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$25.94 - $46.36  
   
Overtime
$4.50 - $66.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,470  
   
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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$50,404 - $92,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 796

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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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Occupational Therapists who advance into the role of a Rehabilitation Director are fairly uncommon. Rehabilitation Directors on average earn $87K per year. Occupational Therapists typically move into roles as Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists, and those positions pay $2K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Occupational Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, Certified Hand Therapist, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know 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.


Occupational Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $72K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Occupational Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $81K.

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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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$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
14%
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%
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