Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $62,708 per year. The top of the range reaches $95,833 per year, and the bottom approaches $47,695. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. About a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Pediatric Occupational Therapists who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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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  
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $58K, which grows to $68K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $77K. Pediatric Occupational Therapists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 14 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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New York
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Atlanta
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National Average
$63,000
Chicago
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Minneapolis
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For Pediatric Occupational Therapists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Diego, Phoenix, New York, and Atlanta, top-paying cities where Pediatric Occupational Therapists see paychecks higher than average (+10 percent, +10 percent, +8 percent, and +6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in 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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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%
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