Women account for the majority of School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $57K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most School-Based Occupational Therapists. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,786 - $76,132
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$42K
$57K
$76K
MEDIAN: $57,278
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$27.54 - $55.33
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$28
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$55
MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,786 - $76,132  
   
Bonus
$498.89 - $5,152  
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$44,036 - $97,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$27.54 - $55.33  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$498.89 - $5,152  
   
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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$44,036 - $97,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170

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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.


School-Based Occupational Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $67K. School-Based Occupational Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. 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 $75K.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
up arrow 40%

Pediatrics
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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