Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)s in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $23.69 per hour. Compensation starts at $14.81 per hour and can reach $32.84. 28 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)s enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary (?
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$27,463 - $52,158
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,539
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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary (?
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$14.81 - $32.84
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,463 - $52,158  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$29,926 - $66,348  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $32.84  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $51.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
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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$29,926 - $66,348  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Job Description for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

  • 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.
Starting out, salaries are typically $42K, which grows to $49K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $57K. For Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)s, two decades of experience in the field often means a drop in salary—average earnings fall to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 21 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%
Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$46,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 28%
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