Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Pay for Occupational Therapist Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.33 per hour. Compensation ranges between $16.67 per hour and $34.11. The vast majority of Occupational Therapist Assistants (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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
$25
$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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Occupational Therapist Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Occupational Therapist Assistants make a median salary of $57K. 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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