Most Pediatric Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $61K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Pediatric Occupational Therapists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,651 - $76,236
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$49K
$61K
$76K
MEDIAN: $60,673
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$25.83 - $55.62
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$26
$36
$56
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,651 - $76,236  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $3,915  
Profit Sharing
$514  
Total Pay (?
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$50,526 - $94,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.83 - $55.62  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$302.01 - $3,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$514  
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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$50,526 - $94,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Pediatric Occupational Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $68K. Pediatric Occupational Therapists bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Pediatric Occupational Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $79K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Occupational Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 14%

Autism
up arrow 14%

Feeding
up arrow 6%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$65,000

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 3%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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