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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $23.69 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $14.81 per hour and $32.84. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a fair portion do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Therapy Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
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  
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.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. Occupational Therapy Assistants see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $54K on average. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise approximately one in five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.
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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%