Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $24.35 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $15.71 per hour on the lower side but can approach $34.49 on the higher side. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Therapy Assistants. The vast majority of Occupational Therapy Assistants (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,258 - $58,197
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $39,166
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$15.71 - $34.49
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$34
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,258 - $58,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $961  
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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$30,713 - $70,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $34.49  
   
Overtime
$0.26 - $50.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $961  
   
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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$30,713 - $70,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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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.

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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 $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. Occupational Therapy Assistants see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $52K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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