School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $55K per year, but may range from $44K to $98K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, School-Based Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,989 - $73,970
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$41K
$55K
$74K
MEDIAN: $54,871
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$26.37 - $60.95
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$61
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,989 - $73,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$43,539 - $97,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$26.37 - $60.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.91  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$43,539 - $97,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184

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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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Survey takers who work as School-Based Occupational Therapists report a focused set of job skills. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $56K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $58K. On average, School-Based Occupational Therapists make $64K following one to two decades on the job. As School-Based Occupational Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $68K.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Sensory Integration
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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