School-Based Occupational Therapist Salary

The three highest-paying cities for School-Based Occupational Therapists can all be found in California: San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most School-Based Occupational Therapists. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,112 - $74,543
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MEDIAN: $55,190
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$28.73 - $55.41
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$0$97K
Salary $41,112 - $74,543
Bonus $503 - $4,966
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$43,231 - $97,697
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 272
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $28.73 - $55.41
Overtime $50.97
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $503 - $4,966
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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$43,231 - $97,697
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 143

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Job Description for School-Based Occupational Therapist

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.

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School-Based Occupational Therapist Tasks

  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • 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
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.

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Pay by Experience Level for School-Based Occupational Therapist

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.

School-Based Occupational Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a School-Based Occupational Therapist?

School-Based Occupational Therapist in Stockton:
"SUSD Salary review."
Pros: Working with Kids.
Cons: Overload of work, Thrice to that of a regular employee.

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Key Stats for School-Based Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$62,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect School-Based Occupational Therapist Salaries

Sensory Integration
▲41%

▲3%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 30%
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