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Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $25.29 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $15.57 per hour on the low end to $34.26 on the high end. Some workers in this field — one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The majority of Occupational Therapist Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,416 - $60,408
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MEDIAN: $45,479
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$15.57 - $34.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,416 - $60,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$31,422 - $69,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $34.26  
   
Overtime
$14.62 - $45.47  
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 - $2,500  
   
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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$31,422 - $69,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Job Description for Occupational Therapist Assistant

  • 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.


Occupational Therapist Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Occupational Therapist Assistants make a median salary of $61K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 21%