Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary (United States)

Most Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)s in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $23.69 per hour;. The range in pay spans from $14.81 per hour to $32.84. Some workers in this field—28 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to 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 fall in the $42K range but grow to $49K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $57K. After working for two decades in the field, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)s experience a drop in salary, averaging $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 about one-fifth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between 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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Extremely satisfied
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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