$46,915
Avg. Salary
$26.15
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$784

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$1,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is $26.15 per hour.

The average pay for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is $46,915 per year.

$19.90
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$26.15
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$34.64
90%
MEDIAN $26.15
$31k
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$47k
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$62k
90%
MEDIAN $46,915
$30,534 - $61,894
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$19.90 - $34.64
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$0$71K
Salary $30,534 - $61,894
Bonus $24.83 - $3,106
Profit Sharing $500
Commission $1,000
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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$39,856 - $71,722
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,209
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $19.90 - $34.64
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $26.71 - $49.60
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $24.83 - $3,106
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $500
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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$39,856 - $71,722
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,538

Job Description for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

The position of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) entails the oversight, administration and assistance of occupational therapy activities. This position reports to and aids Registered Occupational Therapists in applying therapies and occupational therapy techniques for the purpose of rehabilitation of people with injuries and/or disabilities. Rehabilitative services may be physical, emotional, psychological or mental in nature, depending upon the need of the patients being served. Assistance and instruction directly to a patient and/or a patient's family may be required, so strong, professional and interpersonal skills are preferred. COTAs must be able to document, organize, sort and store information related to patient health, status and progress, as well as billing, schedules and other administrative documents and resources.

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Tasks
  • Observe and document patients' progress, attitudes and behavior and report to supervisor.
  • Monitor and evaluate patients' performance in therapy activities and provide encouragement.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities, alter treatment programs as necessary.
  • Instruct patients and families in home programs, basic living skills and the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Assist occupational therapists with implementing treatment plans designed to help patients function independently.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Pay By Employer

$0$78K

$53,210

RehabCare
97 profiles
$55,992

$57,357

$57,482

$58,358

HCR ManorCare
55 profiles
$52,770

$53,466

$56,376

$63,222

$59,586

Common Career Paths for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


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While Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants do not often become Rehabilitation Directors, the job pays $88K per year on average. The most common career progression for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants leads to becoming an Occupational Therapist Assistant, where pay is typically $46K. However, many Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants also opt to become Senior Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, a position that pays $58K on average.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in geriatric, snf, School Based, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Lymphedema, Pediatrics, and hand therapy. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 3,041 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 956 salaries. An experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 950 salaries. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 477 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,669

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, 23 percent above the national average. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Canton and Indianapolis (4 percent less).

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)?

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Brookhaven:
"Educational and rewarding experience."
Pros: I enjoy working within a positive and supportive environment where I can learn and grow as a health care provider. I have flexible hours, have a great boss, have great health benefits, computerized paperwork, great patients, and work in a beautiful gym in a beautiful facility.
Cons: I feel that I am underpaid by at least 8-10 dollars, unrealistic expectations of paperwork in the time allotted, have to be 100% productive which includes paperwork. You are only paid by the minutes you treat so if the census is low you will receive less pay.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Peoria:
"Good conditions."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Paper work to much time and not enough with the patients.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Laurens:
"Being a COTA."
Pros: It is very rewarding and fast pace.
Cons: Sometimes the census is too low and I have to leave early.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Colville:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: I love the flexible schedule, it's a good working environment and I'm part of a good team, that works well together.
Cons:

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Wilbraham:
"Enjoying My Job."
Pros: Working with geriatric population, work flexibility and short commute.
Cons: Poor appreciation/acknowledgement of professional performance.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Louisville:
"Love It!"
Pros: I love working with people and making a difference in people's lives.
Cons: Fiscally demanding and mentally draining. The drive is getting old fast.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Grand Blanc:
"Micromanagement."
Pros: The patients.
Cons: Too many rules. Can be overwhelming at times.

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Key Stats for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 981 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

▲13%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$54,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salaries

geriatric
▲15%

snf
▲6%


School Based
▲5%

▲4%


▲4%



▲1%

National Average
$54,000


Occupational therapy
▼3%

hand therapy
▼6%

▼8%

Lymphedema
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 981 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 32%