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Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

An average Occupational Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $34.99 per hour. Compensation ranges between $25.93 per hour and $46.40. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Occupational Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,670 - $80,136
(Median)
$47K
$62K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,229
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$25.93 - $46.40
(Median)
$26
$35
$46
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,670 - $80,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,470  
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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$50,380 - $92,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$25.93 - $46.40  
   
Overtime
$4.50 - $67.02  
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
$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).
)
$50,380 - $92,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 803
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Rehabilitation Directors. That role pays $87K per year on average. 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)


Survey results suggest that Occupational Therapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 pay less than market rate include Pediatrics. The majority of those who know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. For Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $81K on average.

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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 134 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
42%
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: 53% employee benefits None: 19%
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