Updated August 18, 2021
Average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary
$48,000 yearly
$23.14 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$48,000
Median
$62,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$62,000$5,167$30
75th Percentile$55,000$4,583$26
Average$48,137$4,011$23
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary By State

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$42,318$20.35568
Alaska$42,405$20.39151
Arizona$44,789$21.531,148
Arkansas$49,194$23.65330
California$56,427$27.134,296
Colorado$46,182$22.20472
Connecticut$47,378$22.78304
Delaware$49,628$23.8679
District of Columbia$49,309$23.71106
Florida$41,179$19.801,479
Georgia$42,215$20.30529
Hawaii$51,358$24.69150
Idaho$42,554$20.4679
Illinois$48,073$23.111,809
Indiana$43,600$20.96459
Iowa$47,700$22.93221
Kansas$47,893$23.03260
Kentucky$47,287$22.73611
Louisiana$46,693$22.45570
Maine$38,343$18.43104
Maryland$49,352$23.73799
Massachusetts$45,412$21.83724
Michigan$42,577$20.47343
Minnesota$40,800$19.62268
Mississippi$46,443$22.33314
Missouri$47,163$22.671,050
Montana$42,410$20.3948
Nebraska$46,573$22.39154
Nevada$51,561$24.79251
New Hampshire$43,908$21.11406
New Jersey$49,604$23.851,334
New Mexico$50,053$24.06165
New York$49,117$23.611,993
North Carolina$43,178$20.76532
North Dakota$41,923$20.16172
Ohio$47,734$22.951,894
Oklahoma$43,497$20.91510
Oregon$45,577$21.91777
Pennsylvania$44,930$21.60504
Rhode Island$46,451$22.3391
South Carolina$46,085$22.16307
South Dakota$45,103$21.68219
Tennessee$42,845$20.60311
Texas$49,912$24.003,170
Utah$46,432$22.32342
Vermont$41,933$20.16155
Virginia$44,849$21.561,736
Washington$42,088$20.23567
West Virginia$48,127$23.14182
Wisconsin$42,232$20.30312
Wyoming$41,083$19.7587

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Highest Paying Cities For Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Stockton, CA$58,044$27.91
Paradise, NV$51,069$24.55
Long Beach, NY$49,630$23.86
Gaithersburg, MD$49,285$23.69
Oak Lawn, IL$48,131$23.14
Middletown, OH$47,806$22.98

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How much does a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant make?

The average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant salary is $48,137 per year, or $23.14 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $62,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas provide the highest Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant salaries.

Average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$48,100$23.14+1.5%
    2021$47,400$22.79+0.5%
    2020$47,200$22.68+1.9%
    2019$46,300$22.24+1.6%
    2018$45,500$21.89+2.9%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Rehab Technician

    Avg. salary: $25,393

    A rehab technician's role is to assist physical therapists and patients in a hospital or similar facility. Typically, their responsibilities revolve around gathering a patient's personal information and medical history, escorting them to corresponding rooms, and conducting initial tests and assessments. It is also essential to maintain records of all transactions, updating medical accounts promptly and accurately. Furthermore, a rehab technician may also perform basic treatments under the supervision of a physical therapist. There are also instances when they have to sanitize and clean therapy equipment, all in adherence to the facility's safety regulations and policies.
    33,775 Rehab Technician Jobs
    Rehabilitation Aide

    Avg. salary: $28,421

    A rehabilitation aide is responsible for assisting patients with injuries, mental disorders, and illnesses in their treatment plans and medications. Rehabilitation aides monitor the patients' progress and update attending physicians regarding their conditions. They also prepare treatment rooms, including the materials and equipment for the medical procedures, and discuss the process with the patients. A rehabilitation aide must be highly organizational, especially in attending to different patients' needs and ensuring the safety and security of all facilities and assets.
    33,031 Rehabilitation Aide Jobs
    Physical Therapy Technician

    Avg. salary: $16,250

    A physical therapy technician supports both the physical therapists and their physical therapy assistants in planning and implementing patient care. You are expected to perform varied duties and responsibilities that include responding to patients' requests for assistance, assisting with patient preparation before treatment, and maintaining the equipment used by the physical therapist during treatment sessions. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining patient satisfaction and patient confidentiality. A physical therapy technician will also perform some administrative tasks such as overseeing inventory and scheduling appointments and treatments.
    55,997 Physical Therapy Technician Jobs
    Occupational Therapy Aide

    Avg. salary: $67,836

    Occupational therapy aides are professional assistants who assist patients by preparing the treatment area, equipment, and materials while helping them complete their occupational therapy tasks. These aides are required to demonstrate the proper use of the equipment and assist in patients' occupational therapy routines, such as moving from a bed into a wheelchair or the best way to stretch and limber muscles. They must maintain a safe and clean working environment and complete preventive maintenance requirements to ensure the proper operation of occupational therapy equipment. Occupational therapy aides must also protect their practice by adhering to professional and JCAHO standards.
    54,654 Occupational Therapy Aide Jobs
    Occupational Therapist

    Avg. salary: $72,450

    An occupational therapist specializes in treating patients who are recovering from illnesses or disabilities to help them adapt and overcome the physical and mental difficulties they face in their daily lives. The responsibilities of an occupational therapist revolve around examining a patient's medical history and conducting different kinds of assessments to determine what type of treatment a patient should receive. Furthermore, an occupational therapist must build rapport with a patient to make them feel at ease and coordinate with their guardian or family to discuss the recommended ways to help the patient adjust and recuperate.
    64,903 Occupational Therapist Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Rehab Technician$25,393$2,116$12.2133,775
    Rehabilitation Aide$28,421$2,368$13.6633,031
    Physical Therapy Technician$16,250$1,354$7.8155,997
    Occupational Therapy Aide$67,837$5,653$32.6154,654
    Occupational Therapist$72,451$6,038$34.8364,903
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    Average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $49,778
    female-income
    Female Income
    $49,811
    GenderIncome
    Male$49,778
    Female$49,811
    Median Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Income by Race
    Asian Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants have the lowest average salary at $48,060.
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    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$50,479
    Black or African American$49,881
    Asian$50,707
    Hispanic or Latino$49,845
    Average Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary by Education Level
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    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    EducationSalary
    Some College/ Associate Degree$49,811
    Bachelor's Degree$48,234