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Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary

Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $59K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by a little less than half. Most Pediatric Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,341 - $77,381
(Median)
$45K
$59K
$77K
MEDIAN: $58,827
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$25.41 - $53.51
(Median)
$25
$35
$54
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,341 - $77,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
Total Pay (?
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$48,258 - $97,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$25.41 - $53.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
   
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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$48,258 - $97,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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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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Survey takers who work as Pediatric Occupational Therapists typically report just a few professional skills. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Sensory Integration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Pediatrics and Sensory Integration are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. 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 $73K on average.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 17%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 5%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 29%