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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 $60K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,773 - $76,741
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$77K
MEDIAN: $59,528
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$25.46 - $53.99
(Median)
$25
$35
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$45,773 - $76,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$48,455 - $95,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.46 - $53.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$48,455 - $95,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313

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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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Pediatric Occupational Therapists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Autism, Sensory Integration, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. For Pediatric Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Pediatric Occupational Therapists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $71K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 16%

Autism
up arrow 5%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 28%
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