Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Entry-Level Occupational Therapists can expect to earn an average of $33.58 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,987 - $77,087
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$77K
MEDIAN: $61,470
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$26.95 - $43.04
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MEDIAN: $33.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,987 - $77,087  
   
Bonus
$485.21 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Total Pay (?
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$51,199 - $85,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 943
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.95 - $43.04  
   
Overtime
$28.10 - $60.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$485.21 - $7,946  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$51,199 - $85,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,163

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RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists in this area. Kindred Healthcare leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $72K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Genesis HealthCare at $72K, RehabCare at $71K, and Fox Rehabilitation, where Entry-Level Occupational Therapists annually earn $70K.

Employees at Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation can also expect below-average earnings of $65K, $65K, and $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,237

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists, 12 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (8 percent lower) and Denver (6 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 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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
8%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Occupational Health
▲9%

▲7%

Home Health/Home Care
▲6%


Orthopedics
▲1%

National Average
$66,000

Acute Care
▼2%

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▼3%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 19%