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Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Most Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $58K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although a majority have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Pediatric Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$44,827 - $76,654
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MEDIAN: $58,078
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Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$25.55 - $53.83
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,827 - $76,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
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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$47,695 - $95,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$25.55 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $53.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
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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$47,695 - $95,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Sensory Integration are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 6 percent respectively. Pediatrics and Sensory Integration are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $58K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. Pediatric Occupational Therapists bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $73K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; nearly one-half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to one-seventh, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
Chicago
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Minneapolis
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For Pediatric Occupational Therapists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Pediatric Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+10 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$63,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Sensory Integration
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 29%