Entry-Level Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists come in at around $33.85 per hour on average. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists are female. Most Entry-Level Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,023 - $77,114
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$62K
$77K
MEDIAN: $61,628
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$27.29 - $43.65
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MEDIAN: $33.89
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$0$85K
Salary $49,023 - $77,114
Bonus $310.94 - $7,928
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$51,574 - $85,920
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,325
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $27.29 - $43.65
Hourly Tips $0.67
Overtime $35.11 - $61.63
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $310.94 - $7,928
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$51,574 - $85,920
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,627

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Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Occupational Therapist (OT)


Dominating the field, RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Occupational Therapists. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kindred Healthcare, where the average salary comes to $72K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Genesis HealthCare, RehabCare, and Fox Rehabilitation, where Entry-Level Occupational Therapists typically earn around $72K, $71K, or $70K, respectively.

Workers at Aegis Therapies, Inc., Healthsouth Corp., and Fox Rehabilitation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $65K, $65K, and $70K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,642

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists that is 12 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (9 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

Occupational Therapist (OT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 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 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.

Key Stats for Occupational Therapist (OT)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.
Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
9%
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Skills That Affect Occupational Therapist (OT) Salaries

Occupational Health
▲8%

▲7%

Home Health/Home Care
▲5%


Orthopedics
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

Acute Care
▼3%

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 20%
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