Entry-Level Occupational Therapists take home approximately $33.39 per hour on average. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,819 - $77,105
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MEDIAN: $61,425
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$26.45 - $43.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,819 - $77,105  
   
Bonus
$162.50 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Total Pay (?
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$50,852 - $85,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 913
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.45 - $43.11  
   
Overtime
$27.78 - $61.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$162.50 - $8,000  
   
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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$50,852 - $85,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097
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RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Healthsouth Corp., Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare are all popular places to work. Genesis HealthCare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,917

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For Entry-Level Occupational Therapists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers in St. Louis and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Occupational Therapist (OT) Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Occupational Health
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Geriatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$66,000

Acute Care
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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