Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary

The larger portion of Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $59K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,730 - $76,480
(Median)
$46K
$59K
$76K
MEDIAN: $59,435
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$25.50 - $54.60
(Median)
$26
$35
$55
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$45,730 - $76,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $518  
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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$48,452 - $95,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.50 - $54.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $518  
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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$48,452 - $95,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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 report a narrow range of 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. 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 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 16%

Autism
up arrow 14%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 29%
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