Occupational therapy assistants assist the patients with any kind of disorder to overcome it and enhance their skills to make their lives trouble free. They directly provide therapy to the individuals and are supported by occupational therapy aides in all the activities. They have to work under the supervision of an occupational therapist. They practice in the clinical settings like rehabilitation centers, hospitals, clinics or nursing care facilities. The first thing that comes to the mind of aspirants of the job is how much do occupational therapy assistants earn and what is their career outlook?

As per indeed.com, occupational therapy assistants make $60,715 on an average as of September 3, 2019. According to BLS, mean annual wage and mean hourly wage of an occupational therapy assistant are $60,410 and $29.04 respectively, as of May 2018. Employment level of the assistants and aides is assumed to grow by 28 percent in the coming years, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations. These advantages make students pursue a career as an Assistant in occupational therapy.

Top Paying States for Occupational Therapy Assistants

5 states that offer highest salaries to the occupational therapy assistants in the United States of America are Texas, New Jersey, Nevada, California,and Virginia (as of BLS May 2018).

Top Paying States for Occupational Therapy Assistants

States Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Texas $35.89 $74,650
New Jersey $33.43 $69,530
Nevada $32.79 $68,200
California $32.44 $67,470
Virginia $31.85 $66,240

Table SourceThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Texas is the highest paying state with income of $36.00 per hour and $74,650 per annum, whereas, in the list of top 5 paying states, Virginia is the least earning state with an hourly income of $31.85 and $66,240 annual income.

Career Outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants

As mentioned above, according to the reports of the Bureau of Labour Statistics, employment level for occupational therapy assistants will grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028.

States with Highest Employment Level for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Top five states with highest employment level for occupational therapy assistants in the United States of America are Texas, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

States with Highest Employment Level for Occupational Therapy Assistants

State Employment Mean Wage (Hourly) Mean Wage (Annual)
Ohio 3,690 $28.80 $59,910
Texas 3,650 $35.89 $74,650
Florida 2,970 $29.49 $61,340
Pennsylvania 2,600 $26.24 $54,580
New York 2,360 $29.27 $60,890

Table SourceThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Ohio topped this list with 3,690 employed assistants, while New York is the last out of the top 5 states with 2,360 occupational therapy assistants employed in the year 2018.

Annual Salary of Occupational Therapy Assistants by Percentile (as of May 2018)

  • 90% of occupational therapy assistants earn less than $80,980; while the salary of 10% of them was more than $80,980.
  • The salary of 75% of them was less than $71,820; while 25% of them earned more than $71,820.
  • 50% of occupational therapy assistants were paid less than $60,220; whereas salary of 50% was more than $60,220.
  • The wage of 25% of occupational therapy assistants were less than $50,510; while 75% of them were paid more than $50,510.
  • 10% percent of assistants were remunerated less than $39,620; whereas 90% of OTAs were salaried more than $39,620.

Annual Salary of Occupational Therapy Assistants by Percentile

Percentile Bracket Annual Salaries
90% $80,980
75% $71,820
50% $60,220
25% $50,510
10% $39,620

Table Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapy Assistants on Different Percentile Brackets (as of May 2018)

  • Salary of 90% occupational therapy assistants was less than $38.93; whereas 10% of them were remunerated with more than $38.93.
  • The wage of 75% of assistants was less than $34.53; while 25% of them earned more than $34.53.
  • 50% of occupational therapy assistants were salaried less than $28.95; whereas 50% of them were paid more than $28.95.
  • 25% of assistants were remunerated with less than $24.28; while 75% of them were salaried more than $24.28.
  • 10% of occupational therapy assistants were offered less than $19.05; whereas 90% of them make more than $19.05.

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapy

Percentile Bracket Hourly wages
90% $38.93
75% $34.53
50% $28.95
25% $24.28
10% $19.05

Table Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapy

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapy

Metropolitan Area Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA $40.60 $84,440
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX $39.10 $81,330
Visalia-Porterville, CA $39.03 $81,190
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX $38.78 $80,670
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX $38.60 $80,300
Austin-Round Rock, TX $38.18 $79,410
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL $38.07 $79,190
Killeen-Temple, TX $37.13 $77,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $36.47 $75,860
Tyler, TX $36.08 $75,040

Table SourceThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Various Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapy Assistants with Average Hourly Salaries

Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Occupational Therapy Aide $17.20 per hour
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant $29.16 per hour
Recreation Assistant $12.10 per hour
Recreation Aide $11.25 per hour
Rehabilitation Aide $11.98 per hour
Senior Recreation Assistant $13.22 per hour
Occupational Therapist $44.57 per hour
Physical Occupational Therapist $55.42 per hour
Physical Therapy Aide $15.77 per hour
Recreation Specialist $15.69 per hour
Rehabilitation Technician $12.99 per hour
Rehabilitation Specialist $16.65 per hour

Information Source: indeed.com (as of September 6, 2019)

We can analyze from the table above that a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant takes home a salary of $29.16 hourly, which is way more than an non-certified Occupational Therapy Aide made.  Also, Rehabilitation Aides earned the least, i.e. 11.25 per hour.

Salaries by State for Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States

Name of the State Salary
Alabama $60,798
Alaska $61,069
Arizona $72,155
Arkansas $52,790
California $62,379
Colorado $57,678
Connecticut $52,395
Delaware $40,186
District of Columbia $66,539
Florida $63,274
Georgia $58,864
Hawaii $60,778
Idaho $61,110
Illinois $70,470
Indiana $40,456
Iowa $55,238
Kansas $51,147
Kentucky $50,058
Louisiana $69,514
Maine $49,941
Maryland $62,608
Massachusetts $58,302
Michigan $55,869
Minnesota $53,373
Mississippi $59,904
Missouri $48,069
Montana $52,811
Nebraska $52,957
Nevada $51,563
New Hampshire $53,518
New Jersey $60,507
New Mexico $61,775
New York $51,563
North Carolina $59,342
North Dakota $56,514
Ohio $55,702
Oklahoma $51,979
Oregon $60,091
Pennsylvania $55,723
Rhode Island $62,088
South Carolina $63,211
South Dakota $56,514
Tennessee $55,370
Texas $62,213
Utah $56,888
Vermont $63,440
Virginia $60,195
Washington $60,507
West Virginia $61,443
Wisconsin $41,974
Wyoming $59,238

Table Sourceindeed.com (as of September, 2019)

From the table above, we can conclude that the 5 highest paying states for occupational therapy assistants in the United States as per the salary data submitted by OTAs on Indeed, are Arizona ($72,155), Illinois ($70,470), Louisiana ($69,514), Washington DC ($66,539), and Vermont ($63,440).

Least Paying States for Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States

Least Paying States for Occupational Therapy Assistants in the United States

Name of the state Salary
Indiana $40,456
Wisconsin $41,974
Missouri $48,069
Maine $49,941
Delaware $40,186

Table Sourceindeed.com (as of August 2019)

Among all states, Delaware paid the least salary (i.e. $40,186) to the occupational therapy assistants, and Arizona paid the highest salary of $72,155 per year.

Other Benefits for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Besides salary, occupational therapy assistants are also provided with many fiscal as well as non-monetary perks. They are as follows –

  • Bonus
  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Paid Time Off
  • Disability Allowance
  • Social Security

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