Salary for Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Also known as:  Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA, Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistants

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Occupational therapy assistants are formally trained, and sometimes required to be state licensed. These individuals assist in the creation and execution of individualized occupational therapy plans. They monitor patient progress and responsiveness to treatment, and instruct patients and their families on adaptive strategies for daily living. A positive attitude towards treatment is necessary for these professionals.

A Occupational Therapy Assistant will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $43,180 to $84,090 based on the level of education. can get an average pay level of sixty-three thousand four hundred and twenty dollars annually.

can receive the highest pay in California, where they receive compensation, on average, of about $73,930. People working these jobs can make the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they receive average wages of $65,120.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 66.56 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Occupational Therapy Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,030
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$63,830
Public Administration
$55,660
Educational Services
$53,440

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$53,440
Public Administration
$55,660
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$63,830
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,120