School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

With just over a half of School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $44K to $99K per year and averages out to $56K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. Most School-Based Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,544 - $75,717

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$26.29 - $59.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,544 - $75,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
Total Pay (?
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$44,404 - $98,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$26.29 - $59.60  
   
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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$44,404 - $98,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $57K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $60K. School-Based Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $69K.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

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 3%

Sensory Integration
0%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 33%
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