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 $51,010, according to a BLS report from May 2011. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,110, and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,790.

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 2011

State Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Alabama 300 $24.86 $51,710
Arizona 230 $25.70 $53,460
Arkansas 140 $22.41 $46,610
California 2000 $29.33 $61,010
Colorado 360 $19.24 $40,010
Connecticut 630 $26.25 $54,610
Delaware 60 $26.41 $54,940
DC 320 $24.49 $50,940
Florida 1480 $28.12 $58,490
Georgia 450 $26.16 $54,420
Hawaii 50 $21.99 $45,730
Idaho 100 $27.83 $57,900
Illinois 1470 $23.68 $49,250
Indiana 1180 $25.03 $52,060
Iowa 360 $22.86 $47,550
Kansas 260 $25.75 $53,570
Kentucky 350 $25.23 $52,470
Louisiana 270 $26.13 $54,340
Maine 170 $20.96 $43,610
Maryland 500 $28.63 $59,560
Massachusetts 1380 $24.56 $51,090
Michigan 670 $20.84 $43,350
Minnesota 580 $18.43 $38,330
Mississippi 150 $23.67 $49,230
Missouri 840 $24.55 $51,070
Montana 40 $19.14 $39,800
Nebraska 120 $26.80 $55,750
Nevada 210 $32.81 $68,240
New Hampshire 110 $23.58 $49,050
New Jersey 330 $30.08 $62,560
New Mexico 200 $19.06 $39,650
New York 2020 $22.58 $46,970
North Carolina 910 $26.53 $55,180
North Dakota 110 $20.28 $42,180
Ohio 2350 $24.91 $51,820
Oklahoma 530 $20.86 $43,390
Oregon 150 $26.30 $54,700
Pennsylvania 2120 $22.20 $46,180
Rhode Island 120 $25.51 $53,060
South Carolina 440 $21.66 $45,040
South Dakota 50 $16.85 $35,040
Tennessee 830 $23.98 $49,880
Texas 2040 $30.81 $64,090
Utah 110 $24.87 $51,730
Vermont 30 $20.20 $42,030
Virginia 550 $28.06 $58,370
Washington 400 $26.87 $55,890
West Virginia 170 $23.34 $48,560
Wisconsin 830 $22.25 $46,290
Wyoming 50 $22.89 $47,600