Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Median pay for Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States is around $25.33 per hour. Earnings sit near $16.67 per hour on the lower side but can approach $34.11 on the higher side. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, roughly a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Occupational Therapist Assistants are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,308 - $60,789
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,924
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$16.67 - $34.11
(Median)
$17
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$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,308 - $60,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$34,347 - $67,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.67 - $34.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$8.36 - $43.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$34,347 - $67,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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 many Occupational Therapist Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Occupational Therapist Assistants see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Occupational Therapist Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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