Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

For Entry-Level Occupational Therapists, hourly average wages total $33.53 per hour. Geographic location 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. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,907 - $76,830
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,353
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$26.74 - $42.96
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MEDIAN: $33.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,907 - $76,830  
   
Bonus
$469.78 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Total Pay (?
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$50,996 - $85,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 952
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.74 - $42.96  
   
Overtime
$27.89 - $60.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$469.78 - $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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$50,996 - $85,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,178

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists include RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Fox Rehabilitation, and Healthsouth Corp. Genesis HealthCare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $72K. RehabCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Fox Rehabilitation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Occupational Therapists earning around $71K, $70K, or $70K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $65K, Healthsouth Corp. at $65K, and Fox Rehabilitation at $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,065

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

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Entry-Level Occupational Therapists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Denver (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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 81 votes.
Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
8%
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Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Occupational Health
▲9%

▲8%

Home Health/Home Care
▲6%


Orthopedics
▲1%

National Average
$66,000

Acute Care
▼2%

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▼4%

Pediatrics
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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