Earnings for Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States come in at around $25.08 per hour on average. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Occupational Therapy Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The vast majority of Occupational Therapy Assistants (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,764 - $60,026
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MEDIAN: $43,839
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$17.87 - $34.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,764 - $60,026  
   
Bonus
$1,650  
Total Pay (?
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$34,218 - $69,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $34.33  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $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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$34,218 - $69,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 358

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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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For Occupational Therapy Assistants, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Occupational Therapy Assistants earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $59K on average.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Geriatrics
up arrow 26%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 9%

Pediatrics
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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