Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Entry-Level Occupational Therapists pull down an average of $33.86 per hour. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Entry-Level Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,075 - $77,244
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$62K
$77K
MEDIAN: $61,556
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$27.11 - $43.60
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$0$85K
Salary $49,075 - $77,244
Bonus $485.98 - $8,036
Profit Sharing $1,900
Total Pay (?
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$51,332 - $85,803
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,211
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $27.11 - $43.60
Overtime $34.98 - $61.08
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $485.98 - $8,036
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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$51,332 - $85,803
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,472

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Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation are all popular places to work. Kindred Healthcare offers the largest salaries in town — $72K on average. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries at Genesis HealthCare (+$72K), RehabCare (+$71K), and Fox Rehabilitation (+$70K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($65K), Healthsouth Corp. ($65K), and Fox Rehabilitation ($70K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,513

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

Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, Entry-Level Occupational Therapists in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Baltimore (9 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

Occupational Therapist (OT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Raleigh:
Stay true to the reason you went into it and don't forget the it vision.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Moline:
"Research merit raise history."
Make sure you have all hiring discussion in writing. If you are promised something and it's not in writing it didn't happen.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Williamsport:
"Changing Lives One at a Time?"
Always remember the reason that u became a therapist.... To foster a patient's independence in life skills - skills that help to provide a good quality of life!

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Hudson:
"No pay raise."
No pay raise for any of the rehab team despite awesome above average production in last 2 yrs. Reliant assumed contract from another contract company 2 yrs ago and promised to equal wage of outgoing contract , however when given proof of wage management was unable to fulfill promise. Wage cut by $3/hr.

Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
9%
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Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Occupational Health
▲8%

▲7%

Home Health/Home Care
▲5%


Orthopedics
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

Acute Care
▼3%

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 20%
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