Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary

Most Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $60K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Pediatric Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,934 - $76,693
(Median)
$47K
$60K
$77K
MEDIAN: $60,050
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$25.55 - $53.84
(Median)
$26
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$46,934 - $76,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$507  
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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$49,189 - $95,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.55 - $53.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$507  
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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$49,189 - $95,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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Job Description for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Pediatric occupational therapists' duties revolve around patient care, helping improve the physical, cognitive, and motor skills of pediatric patients. These responsibilities begin with the examination and evaluation of patients seeking care. This leads to the development of a treatment plan, in which options and rationale must be communicated with patients and their parents/guardians, and the provision of appropriate therapy services, All of this must be performed while keeping medical records and adhering to legal and institutional policies.

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist Tasks

  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.

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Job skills reported by Pediatric Occupational Therapists are limited. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Autism, Pediatrics, and Sensory Integration are correlated to pay that is above average. It is not unusual for someone who knows Autism to be familiar with Pediatrics as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. For Pediatric Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Pediatric Occupational Therapists report making only $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 15%

Autism
up arrow 15%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$64,000

Sensory Integration
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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