School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

Most School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $56K annually. Earnings sit near $45K on the lower side but can approach $99K per year on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most School-Based Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,834 - $75,974
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$42K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $55,993
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$26.63 - $58.35
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,834 - $75,974  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,700  
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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$44,549 - $99,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.63 - $58.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,700  
   
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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$44,549 - $99,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Job Description for School-Based Occupational Therapist

As the field of special education evolves, it is becoming better understood how to evaluate the skills of special needs students; as such, schools are increasingly taking steps to help special needs students with their unique learning challenges and in obtaining necessary skills. School-based occupational therapists focus on two primary areas: assisting special needs students get the most out of their education through various programs and preparing students to lead productive and independent lives by helping them learn vital personal and self-maintenance skills; when possible, these therapists also help students learn skills that will help them find a job after they complete their education. This position requires direct interaction with the students, as well as the development and implementation of educational plans with instructors, administrators, and parents.

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School-Based 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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School-Based Occupational Therapists usually report a few specific skills. Sensory Integration and Pediatrics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for School-Based Occupational Therapist

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


For School-Based Occupational Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. On average, School-Based Occupational Therapists make $65K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned School-Based Occupational Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $69K.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
up arrow 17%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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