The average pay for a School-Based Occupational Therapist is $41.22 per hour.
The average pay for a School-Based Occupational Therapist is $56,188 per year.
|Salary||$41,484 - $75,151|
|Bonus||$495 - $5,918|
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|$43,634 - $97,986|
|Hourly Rate||$29.02 - $55.99|
|Bonus||$495 - $5,918|
|Total Pay (||$43,634 - $97,986|
As the field of special education evolves, it is becoming better understood how to evaluate the skills of special needs students; as such, schools are increasingly taking steps to help special needs students with their unique learning challenges and in obtaining necessary skills. School-based occupational therapists focus on two primary areas: assisting special needs students get the most out of their education through various programs and preparing students to lead productive and independent lives by helping them learn vital personal and self-maintenance skills; when possible, these therapists also help students learn skills that will help them find a job after they complete their education. This position requires direct interaction with the students, as well as the development and implementation of educational plans with instructors, administrators, and parents.Read More...
School-based occupational therapists typically work full time in a school environment. Overtime may be required for meetings, planning, and evaluation. They often work with students in several schools and will travel frequently as a result.
A bachelor's degree in occupational therapy or a related field is typically the minimum requirement for this position, with additional credits in special education a plus. In addition, certain states may require applicants to obtain licensing with state occupational therapy boards. School-based occupational therapists must take an interest in the development of special needs students, having the patience and drive to guide a large number of students through tasks they may find difficult. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
Pay by Experience Level
Pay by Experience for a School-Based Occupational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level School-Based Occupational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 272 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School-Based Occupational Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 75 salaries. An experienced School-Based Occupational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 127 salaries. A School-Based Occupational Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 66 salaries.
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