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Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Median pay for Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $25.20 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $16.31 per hour and $34.57. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Occupational Therapist Assistants who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,558 - $60,839
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,501
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$16.31 - $34.57
(Median)
$16
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,558 - $60,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
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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$31,871 - $69,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.31 - $34.57  
   
Overtime
$11.72 - $45.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
   
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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$31,871 - $69,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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Job Description for Occupational Therapist Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants are responsible for assisting patients who struggle to perform daily activities due to various physical, mental, or developmental conditions. These assistants work within a variety of health care offices (primarily rehabilitation offices) with occupational therapists and teams of other therapy associates. While they generally work during traditional business hours, it is not uncommon to work extended hours, especially for those who work in hospitals.

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Occupational Therapist Assistant Tasks

  • Instruct patients and families in home programs, basic living skills and the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Assist occupational therapists with implementing treatment plans designed to help patients function independently.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
  • Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.

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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Occupational Therapist Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. Occupational Therapist Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 25%
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