Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $24.99 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Occupational Therapy Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,812 - $57,795
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$29K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,966
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$17.93 - $34.37
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$18
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$34
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,812 - $57,795  
   
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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$34,242 - $69,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.93 - $34.37  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $47.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$34,242 - $69,942  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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.

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.


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 $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Occupational Therapy Assistants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $54K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Geriatrics
up arrow 37%

National Average
$51,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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