School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

The three highest-paying cities for School-Based Occupational Therapists (San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego) are all in California. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most School-Based Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,997 - $77,940
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MEDIAN: $57,524
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$28.06 - $54.49
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,997 - $77,940  
   
Bonus
$2,250  
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$44,377 - $97,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$28.06 - $54.49  
   
Overtime
$57.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,250  
   
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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$44,377 - $97,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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

  • 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.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • 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.

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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $59K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. School-Based Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average School-Based Occupational Therapist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $77K.

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Key Stats for School-Based Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$63,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
▲40%

▲2%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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