Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States take home approximately $25.46 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $16.32 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $34.43. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Occupational Therapist Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Occupational Therapist Assistants who took the survey are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,521 - $60,717

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$16.32 - $34.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,521 - $60,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
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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$31,813 - $69,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.32 - $34.43  
   
Overtime
$11.72 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
   
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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$31,813 - $69,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. For Occupational Therapist Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $62K, 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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 25%
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