Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Occupational Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $36.41 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Occupational Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$49,698 - $85,182
$50K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,661
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$28.66 - $49.22
$29
$36
$49
MEDIAN: $36.50
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$96K
Salary $49,698 - $85,182
Bonus $304.10 - $7,830
Profit Sharing $1,800
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).
)
$53,907 - $96,249
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,991
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $28.66 - $49.22
Hourly Tips $0.33
Overtime $35.75 - $65.37
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $304.10 - $7,830
Profit Sharing $1,800
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).
)
$53,907 - $96,249
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,848

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Job Description for Occupational Therapist (OT)

An occupational therapist helps people gain better functioning of their bodies so that daily activities can be performed better. The occupational therapist will perform an evaluation of a patient’s abilities. Then goals can be planned, according to the needs and wants of the client and the client’s family. The goals may be modified over time, according to the patient’s progress. It is important to evaluate each patient differently and to provide continuous progress evaluations.

Read More...

Occupational Therapist (OT) Tasks

  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


It's not very common for Occupational Therapists to move on to become Rehabilitation Directors. Average pay for a Rehabilitation Director is $88K annually. It is more probable, however, that Occupational Therapists become Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists or Registered Occupational Therapists.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Dominating the field, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Healthsouth Corp. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Occupational Therapists. Brookdale attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $91K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Reliant Rehabilitation, HCA, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where Occupational Therapists typically earn around $88K, $84K, or $81K, respectively.

Pay for Occupational Therapists is the lowest at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which has a median salary of $63K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $82K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Healthsouth Corp. ($68K), Fox Rehabilitation ($69K), and Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($72K).

Popular Skills for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Survey results imply that Occupational Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Occupational therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health, Pediatrics, and Outpatient. Most people familiar with Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Pay by Experience for an Occupational Therapist (OT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Occupational Therapist (OT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 2,106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 560 salaries. An experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 677 salaries. An Occupational Therapist (OT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,943

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

For Occupational Therapists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+10 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), Miami (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Baltimore and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Vineland:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Working in home care, my schedule looks different everyday. I make more than the average new grad. I enjoy community based OT. I work for a good director.
Cons: I have no paid holidays and to request to use personal time for a holiday or any other time off, requests must be submitted 4-6 months in advance. I spend all day in my car.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Kalamazoo:
"High work flexibility, high level of stress, skillful work."
Pros: Being around people.
Cons: Stress long hours.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Peoria:
Pros: Working with older adults to help them live the later half of their life to the fullest.
Cons: Insurance guidelines and documentation.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Fayetteville:
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Stress in paperwork and productivity standards.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 337 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$72,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲21%


Occupational therapy
▲10%

▲6%


Occupational Health
▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$72,000

Acute Care
▼1%

Outpatient
▼4%

▼5%

mental health
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 337 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%
ADVERTISEMENT