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

A typical Occupational Therapist can expect to take home roughly $59K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most Entry-Level Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary (?
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$44,243 - $73,224
(Median)
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59K
67K
73K
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  
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  
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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Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent) and Indianapolis (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Geriatrics
up arrow 10%
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 5%
Rehabilitation
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Acute Care
0%
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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Extremely satisfied
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%