Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

The average Occupational Therapy Assistant in the United States earns approximately $24.03 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.02 per hour and $33.20. For the most part, Occupational Therapy Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Occupational Therapy Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,328 - $55,735
(Median)
$27K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,163
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$15.02 - $33.20
(Median)
$15
$24
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,328 - $55,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
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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$30,077 - $67,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $33.20  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $51.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
   
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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$30,077 - $67,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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Job Description for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

To be hurt on the job can be crippling in more ways than just the physical damage of the injury. It may take months of intensive and painful physical therapy just to get back to a point where a seriously injured person may walk, much less perform physical labor. This requires the services of occupational therapists, who are assisted in their duties by occupational therapy assistants. The occupational therapy assistant works closely with the patient, aiding them in completing daily exercises according to a treatment plan. If the patient requires the use of special equipment in order to overcome disabilities, the occupational therapy assistant will show them how to use and maintain the equipment and may give them direct help in doing so if required. This assistant will record the progress of the patient and help the therapist determine the efficacy of the current treatment regimen.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) 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 Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $44K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $49K on average. For Occupational Therapy Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $52K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 28%