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Occupational therapist salary in United States

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

Average base salary

$41.69
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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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
    4.3star
    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
+20.60%salary
Top licenses
Occupational Therapy License
+16.22%salary
Top certifications
OTR
+12.19%salary

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

As an occupational therapist, how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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