$65,240
Avg. Salary
$36.71
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,933

Profit Sharing

$1,400

The average pay for an Occupational Therapist (OT) is $36.71 per hour.

The average pay for an Occupational Therapist (OT) is $65,240 per year.

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$49
90%
MEDIAN $37
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MEDIAN $65,240
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$28.77 - $49.13
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$0$96K
Salary $49,900 - $85,885
Bonus $198 - $6,016
Profit Sharing $1,400
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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$54,691 - $96,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,381
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $28.77 - $49.13
Hourly Tips $0.33
Overtime $36.06 - $65.51
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $198 - $6,016
Profit Sharing $1,400
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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$54,691 - $96,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,882

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.

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).

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

5%

-1%

-8%

-8%

-14%

National Average: $72,236

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) Advice

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

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Raleigh:
Stay true to the reason you went into it and don't forget the it vision.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Moline:
"Research merit raise history."
Make sure you have all hiring discussion in writing. If you are promised something and it's not in writing it didn't happen.

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 Williamsport:
"Changing Lives One at a Time?"
Always remember the reason that u became a therapist.... To foster a patient's independence in life skills - skills that help to provide a good quality of life!

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.

Occupational Therapist (OT) in Hudson:
"No pay raise."
No pay raise for any of the rehab team despite awesome above average production in last 2 yrs. Reliant assumed contract from another contract company 2 yrs ago and promised to equal wage of outgoing contract , however when given proof of wage management was unable to fulfill promise. Wage cut by $3/hr.

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Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 696 votes.
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

▲18%

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$72,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲21%


Occupational therapy
▲9%

▲6%

Occupational Health
▲4%



▲1%

National Average
$72,000

Acute Care
▼1%

▼5%

Outpatient
▼5%

mental health
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 696 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
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: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 25%