Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $62,396 annually. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (?
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$44,243 - $73,224
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MEDIAN: $58,866
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Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (?
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$24.77 - $42.75
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$44,243 - $73,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,976  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $514  
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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$48,127 - $81,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$24.77 - $42.75  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $58.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $514  
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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$48,127 - $81,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 471
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Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Indianapolis
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Denver
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National Average
$62,000
Atlanta
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New York
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For Entry-Level Occupational Therapists, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent) and Indianapolis (+9 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Geriatrics
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Home Health/Home Care
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Rehabilitation
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Acute Care
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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National Average
$62,000
Pediatrics
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Orthopedics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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