Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Occupational Therapists in the United States take home an average $34.90 per hour. Pay ranges from $26.11 per hour on the low end to $46.24 on the high end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Occupational Therapists are female. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,386 - $80,883
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$81K
MEDIAN: $62,523
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$26.11 - $46.24
(Median)
$26
$35
$46
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,386 - $80,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $700  
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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$50,512 - $92,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 746
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$26.11 - $46.24  
   
Overtime
$5.36 - $67.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $700  
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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$50,512 - $92,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 826
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Occupational Therapists sometimes become Rehabilitation Directors, where the average income is $87K per year. Occupational Therapists most often move into positions as Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $2K higher, 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 Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Certified Hand Therapist, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Occupational Therapists bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $82K.

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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 126 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

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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