$36.55
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,510

Profit Sharing

$1,000
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.
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$49,729 - $85,548
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$65K
$86K
MEDIAN: $65,084
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90%

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$28.70 - $48.87
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$0$95K
Salary $49,729 - $85,548
Bonus $0.00 - $5,180
Profit Sharing $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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$54,391 - $95,877
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,222
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $28.70 - $48.87
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $35.70 - $65.36
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,180
Profit Sharing $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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$54,391 - $95,877
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,602

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.

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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.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Pay By Employer

$0$141K

RehabCare
40 profiles
$77,676

$72,729

$77,020

$73,183

HCR ManorCare
18 profiles
$75,357

$68,971

$72,659

HCA, Inc.
16 profiles
$82,826

$71,785

$87,460

Common Career Paths for Occupational Therapist (OT)


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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 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: $72,012

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.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 627 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

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 627 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 25%