Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salary

Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $60K per year for pay. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Pediatric Occupational Therapists is high. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$45,774 - $76,580
(Median)
$46K
$60K
$77K
MEDIAN: $59,587
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$25.60 - $54.22
(Median)
$26
$35
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$45,774 - $76,580  
   
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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$48,581 - $95,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.60 - $54.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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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$48,581 - $95,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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 focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Autism, Sensory Integration, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Experience with Autism is often linked with knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Pediatric Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $72K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

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 16%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 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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