Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary


An occupational therapy assistants salary depends on factors such as which state you live in, who your employer is, how much experience you have, and the type of facility you work in. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants is excellent. In fact, its one of the fastest growing fields in medicine, and that growth is unlikely to slow down any time soon. The average annual salary for OTAs is $56,950, according to a BLS report from May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,420, and the top 10 percent earned more than $76,790.

Occupational therapy assistants can earn more money if they are experienced in certain areas. For example, OTAs who are trained to work with children may have an easier time finding a job at a pre-school. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the best-paying jobs are in clients’ homes, nursing facilities, and hospitals.

OTAs in Texas, Nevada, California, and New Jersey can make as much as $60,000+ per year. The lowest salaries are in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota, where most OTAs make under $40,000 per year. These figures are averages, however, and your salary can also depend on other factors such as where you work and who you work for. Also, the field of occupational therapy is expected to grow over the next decade.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary by State

The following chart was created based on data provided by the BLS.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (SOC code 312011)
Period: May 2014

State Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Alabama 510 $27.36 $56,900
Arizona 570 $19.87 $41,330
Arkansas 280 $30.61 $63,660
California 1810 $33.15 $68,950
Colorado 590 $24.17 $50,260
Connecticut 510 $29.31 $60,950
Delaware 80 $25.65 $53,360
DC 40 $27.44 $57,070
Florida 1590 $29.86 $62,120
Georgia 410 $27.79 $57,800
Hawaii 50 $22.66 $47,130
Idaho 50 $27.15 $56,470
Illinois 1420 $28.26 $58,780
Indiana 1010 $26.32 $54,750
Iowa 360 $25.49 $53,020
Kansas 430 $28.41 $59,090
Kentucky 500 $27.25 $56,690
Louisiana 310 $25.57 $53,190
Maine 120 $22.38 $46,550
Maryland 540 $31.54 $65,610
Massachusetts 1190 $26.96 $56,080
Michigan 910 $20.95 $43,570
Minnesota 510 $22.08 $45,930
Mississippi 340 $26.48 $55,070
Missouri 940 $27.19 $56,560
Montana 90 $23.55 $48,980
Nebraska 110 $25.35 $52,720
Nevada 210 $34.83 $72,450
New Hampshire 180 $24.76 $51,510
New Jersey 320 $31.46 $65,440
New Mexico 140 $28.01 $58,270
New York 2160 $25.95 $53,970
North Carolina 1300 $27.65 $57,520
North Dakota 80 $20.77 $43,210
Ohio 2390 $27.13 $56,420
Oklahoma 440 $27.86 $57,960
Oregon 160 $25.92 $53,910
Pennsylvania 2480 $22.83 $47,500
Rhode Island 130 $24.10 $50,120
South Carolina 550 $27.02 $56,200
South Dakota 60 $17.34 $36,070
Tennessee 670 $28.26 $58,790
Texas 3230 $34.11 $70,950
Utah 110 $26.53 $55,180
Vermont 40 $25.57 $53,180
Virginia 780 $30.64 $63,730
Washington 400 $29.27 $60,880
West Virginia 200 $27.32 $56,830
Wisconsin 800 $21.97 $45,710
Wyoming 80 $22.89 $47,620