School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $56K annually on average but can range from $44K to $100K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and roughly one-half have dental insurance. Most School-Based Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,655 - $75,544
(Median)
$42K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $55,602
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$26.30 - $59.77
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$26
$40
$60
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,655 - $75,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
Total Pay (?
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$44,483 - $99,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$26.30 - $59.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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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$44,483 - $99,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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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Job skills reported by School-Based Occupational Therapists are limited. Pediatrics and Sensory Integration 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $57K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $69K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 33%
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