Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Median pay for Occupational Therapists in the United States is around $36.41 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. For the most part, Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,697 - $85,308
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MEDIAN: $64,601
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$28.55 - $49.21
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$0$96K
Salary $49,697 - $85,308
Bonus $350.00 - $7,910
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$53,701 - $96,076
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,786
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $28.55 - $49.21
Overtime $34.40 - $63.83
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $350.00 - $7,910
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$53,701 - $96,076
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,547

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Occupational Therapists move into roles as Rehabilitation Directors, where pay is an average $88K per year. Moving from an Occupational Therapist to Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist or Registered Occupational Therapist is a more common career path, however.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Healthsouth Corp. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Occupational Therapists. Those at Brookdale can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $91K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Reliant Rehabilitation, HCA, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where Occupational Therapists typically earn around $88K, $84K, or $81K, respectively.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $63K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $53K to $82K. 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 report using 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 21 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mental health, Pediatrics, and Outpatient. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Pay by Experience for an Occupational Therapist (OT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Occupational Therapist (OT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 2,106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 560 salaries. An experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 677 salaries. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,817

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

For Occupational Therapists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+10 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Miami (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers in Baltimore and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Kalamazoo:
"High work flexibility, high level of stress, skillful work."
Pros: Being around people.
Cons: Stress long hours.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Peoria:
Pros: Working with older adults to help them live the later half of their life to the fullest.
Cons: Insurance guidelines and documentation.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Fayetteville:
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Stress in paperwork and productivity standards.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$72,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲21%


Occupational therapy
▲10%

▲6%

Occupational Health
▲5%



▲1%

National Average
$72,000

Acute Care
▼1%

Outpatient
▼4%

▼5%

mental health
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%
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