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Occupational therapist salary in United States

How much does an Occupational Therapist make in the United States?

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The average salary for a occupational therapist is $41.69 per hour in the United States. 19.2k salaries reported, updated at September 14, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Occupational Therapists in United States

  1. Professional Tutors of America
    83 reviews27 salaries reported
    $75.69per hour
  2. $72.14per hour
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Highest paying cities for Occupational Therapists near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $48.36 per hour
    328 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $48.28 per hour
    45 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $45.79 per hour
    110 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $45.28 per hour
    72 salaries reported
  2. Baltimore, MD
    $43.74 per hour
    42 salaries reported
  3. Cincinnati, OH
    $41.41 per hour
    27 salaries reported
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Where can an Occupational Therapist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Occupational Therapists

Most recommended skill

Acute Care(earn +19.23% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 27.95% since 2018. Occupational Therapists with this skill earn +19.23% more than the average base salary, which is $41.69 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20116increase by 6
20128783increase by 146283.33%
201324049increase by 173.81%
201432235increase by 34.04%
201532406increase by 0.53%
201615955decrease by 50.77%
201711679decrease by 26.80%
20188370decrease by 28.33%
20196031decrease by 27.95%

Top companies hiring Occupational Therapists with the recommended skill

Brookside Rehab & Nursing Center
Inova Health System
LivinRite Home Health Services
MedStar Health
Pacifica Hospital Of The Valley
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Top specialties
Home Health
Top licenses
Occupational Therapy License
Top certifications

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SpecialtiesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
1,395 jobs5,486
310 jobs1,849
35 jobs84
407 jobs979
314 jobs977
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Most common benefits for Occupational Therapists

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Housing stipend
  • License reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid housing
  • Paid time off
  • Pet insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 2,215 ratings

68% of Occupational Therapists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Physical Occupational Therapist

27,704 job openings

Average $54.93 per hour

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

7,851 job openings

Average $32.59 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for an Occupational Therapist

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