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

Earnings for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists come in at around $60K annually on average. Women make up the vast majority of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. For the most part, Entry-Level Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (?
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$44,465 - $74,164
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $59,724
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Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (?
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$25.02 - $43.12
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$44,465 - $74,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
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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$48,849 - $82,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$25.02 - $43.12  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $59.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
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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$48,849 - $82,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Dallas
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Indianapolis
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New York
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National Average
$63,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), Indianapolis (+8 percent), Denver (+4 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.
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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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National Average
$63,000
Acute Care
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Pediatrics
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Orthopedics
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%