Occupational Therapist Assistant Salary

Updated March 2018 to allow for the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics salary data released on March 30th, 2018.

How much does an Occupational Therapy Assistant make?

With an average salary of $59,470 per annum OTA’s enjoy one of the highest average incomes in the healthcare support field. However there can be quite a significant range in salary depending on experience, industry and where you live in the USA.

In the following sections we provide a detailed breakdown of average OTA Salary levels according to the most recent BLS studies as well as data on income and employment growth rates.

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Average OTA Salary

Average Salary$59,470
Hourly Wage$28.59
Top 10% of Earners$80,320
Bottom 10% of Earners$39,020
Top Paying State: Texas$72,800
Bottom Paying State: Wisconsin$37,140
# Employed41,650

According to the most recent and up to date Bureau for Labor Statistics data the average Occupational Therapy Assistant salary is $59,470 with significant scope for growth depending on the industry you work in, where you live and experience.

Salary ranges significantly depending on which State you work in. For example, OTA’s working in Texas earned the highest average salary at $72,800 – over 22% above the national average. Those working in Wisconsin earned the least at $37,140 which is 37.5% below the national average.

The gap between the lowest paid and entry level positions for the career and those at the top of the career is also quite large. Those in the bottom 10% earned $39,020 per annum while the top 10% earn an average salary of $80,320.

OTA Hourly Pay

The mean hourly wage of an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the US is $28.59 per hour.  Those in the bottom 10% of earners are paid $18.76 per hour, whilst those in the top 10% make $38.62 per hour. OTA’s working in the home health care services industry earn the highest hourly wage at $32.58 per hour on average.

Average hourly pay for Occupational Therapy Assistants is the highest among comparative healthcare careers;

OccupationHourly Wage
Occupational Therapist Assistant$28.59
Physical Therapist Assistant$27.70
Massage Therapist$21.61
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$24.47

OTA Salary by State

Browse the map below to find out how much Occupational Therapy Assistants make in your State.

Top paying States for Occupational Therapy Assistants

The table below illustrates the States in which OTAs earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each State. 

StateSalaryAbove AverageHourly Wage#'s EmployedBottom 10% of EarnersTop 10% of Earners
New Jersey$69,39016.7%$33.36570$54,270$84,190

Occupational Therapy Assistant Pay Comparisons

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Aides

The table below compares the average salary for Occupational Therapy Assistants with salaries and employment for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Aides;

 Average SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%#Employed
Occupational Therapist Assistant$59,470$28.59$80,320$39,02041,650
Occupational Therapist$84,640$40.69$120,440$54,560126,050
Occupational Therapist Aide$33,780$16.24$59,100$20,7307,740

Related Healthcare Careers

The table below compares OTA average salary data with similar careers in the healthcare industry. As is quite visible OTA’s enjoy one of the highest salary levels overall by comparison to similar careers.

 Average SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%#Employed
Occupational Therapist Assistant$59,470$28.59$80,320$39,02041,650
Physical Therapist Assistant$57,620$27.70$79,380$35,93090,170
Massage Therapist$44,950$21.61$77,470$20,300103,300
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$50,900$24.47$73,330$30,9909,600

Employment Outlook

There are currently (2016) approximately 34,982 persons employed as Occupational Therapy Assistants in the USA according to Bureau for Labour Studies (BLS) data. Employment and demand is expected to grow substantially between 2016 and 2024 when it is predicted an extra 11,000 positions will be created.

In summary the outlook for Occupational Therapy Assistants is incredibly positive. As an OTA you will positively impact and improve many people’s lives through your daily work and skills. As a career choice it could be incredibly rewarding both in terms of remuneration and job satisfaction.