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School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

The majority of School-Based Occupational Therapists in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $43K to $98K per year, and the median is $55K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most School-Based Occupational Therapists. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,903 - $74,600
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MEDIAN: $54,573
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$26.10 - $61.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,903 - $74,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,039  
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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$43,407 - $97,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$26.10 - $61.69  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,039  
   
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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$43,407 - $97,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Sensory Integration and Pediatrics 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.


School-Based Occupational Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $60K. School-Based Occupational Therapists see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $67K.

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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 32%