Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Pay for Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.44 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.51 per hour on the low end to $34.55 on the high end. Female Occupational Therapist Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. For the most part, Occupational Therapist Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,445 - $60,842
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,659
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$16.51 - $34.55
(Median)
$17
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,445 - $60,842  
   
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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$31,900 - $69,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $34.55  
   
Overtime
$8.73 - $45.08  
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 - $2,024  
   
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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$31,900 - $69,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Occupational Therapist Assistants make a median salary of $60K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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 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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