Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $25.14 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Occupational Therapy Assistants are female. The majority of Occupational Therapy Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,451 - $59,594
$26K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,200
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$17.93 - $34.27
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MEDIAN: $25.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,451 - $59,594  
   
Bonus
$1,650  
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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$34,357 - $69,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.93 - $34.27  
   
Overtime
$12.33 - $46.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,650  
   
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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$34,357 - $69,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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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

  • Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)


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Occupational Therapy Assistants who go on to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $49K.

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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Occupational Therapy Assistants bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $60K by contrast.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
Location:
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
▲19%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$51,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Geriatrics
▲25%

Acute Care
▲4%

National Average
$51,000

Rehabilitation
▼10%

Pediatrics
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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