Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

The average rate for an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is $25.08 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Geriatrics is associated with high pay for this job.
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$26,764 - $60,026
$27K
$44K
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MEDIAN: $43,839
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$17.87 - $34.33
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MEDIAN: $25.08
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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.

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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.

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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
▲19%

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Geriatrics
▲26%

Acute Care
▲4%

National Average
$51,000

Rehabilitation
▼9%

Pediatrics
▼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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