School-Based Occupational Therapists are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for School-Based Occupational Therapists is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,009 - $76,023
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MEDIAN: $57,081
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$28.03 - $54.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$42,009 - $76,023  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $4,966  
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$44,489 - $97,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$28.03 - $54.70  
   
Overtime
$57.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$489.36 - $4,966  
   
Total Pay (?
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$44,489 - $97,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $67K. For School-Based Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $76K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for School-Based Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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