Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

For Occupational Therapist Assistants, hourly average wages total $25.42 per hour. Although a majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Occupational Therapist Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$30,850 - $61,820
$31K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $48,169
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$17.00 - $34.53
$17
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.42
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,850 - $61,820  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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).
)
$34,623 - $68,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $34.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.33  
Overtime
$34.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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).
)
$34,623 - $68,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 154

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Occupational Therapist Assistant Tasks

  • Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
  • 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.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $49K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Occupational Therapist Assistants make a median salary of $58K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Occupational Therapist Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $67K.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Occupational Therapist Assistant

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
ADVERTISEMENT