Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salary

Women account for the majority of Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $25.46 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Therapy Assistants. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,170 - $61,022
$27K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,215
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$18.18 - $34.54
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MEDIAN: $25.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,170 - $61,022  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,756 - $70,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $34.54  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $50.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$34,756 - $70,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 424

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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.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)


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Occupational Therapy Assistants who go on to become Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $49K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Pay by Experience for an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 320 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 88 salaries. An Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 35 salaries.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Experienced
▲18%

Late-Career
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$52,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Salaries

Geriatrics
▲24%

Acute Care
▲3%

National Average
$52,000

Rehabilitation
▼11%

Pediatrics
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 35%
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