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Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $24.99 per hour. Compensation ranges from $15.90 per hour on the lower end to $34.10 on the higher end. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Occupational Therapist Assistants are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Therapist Assistants. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,483 - $60,407
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,479
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90%

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$15.90 - $34.10
(Median)
$16
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,483 - $60,407  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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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$31,665 - $68,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.90 - $34.10  
   
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 - $2,891  
   
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).
)
$31,665 - $68,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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.


Occupational Therapist Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Occupational Therapist Assistants make a median salary of $60K. 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 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: 56% employee benefits None: 24%