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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

Most Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $23.77 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $14.78 per hour, and the top verges on $33.01. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,924 - $55,115
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $38,779
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$14.78 - $33.01
(Median)
$15
$24
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,924 - $55,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Total Pay (?
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$29,837 - $66,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $33.01  
   
Overtime
$1.79 - $51.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$29,837 - $66,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. On average, Occupational Therapy Assistants make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Occupational Therapy Assistants who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $53K.

Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 28%