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

StateEmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Alabama510$27.36$56,900
Arizona570$19.87$41,330
Arkansas280$30.61$63,660
California1810$33.15$68,950
Colorado590$24.17$50,260
Connecticut510$29.31$60,950
Delaware80$25.65$53,360
DC40$27.44$57,070
Florida1590$29.86$62,120
Georgia410$27.79$57,800
Hawaii50$22.66$47,130
Idaho50$27.15$56,470
Illinois1420$28.26$58,780
Indiana1010$26.32$54,750
Iowa360$25.49$53,020
Kansas430$28.41$59,090
Kentucky500$27.25$56,690
Louisiana310$25.57$53,190
Maine120$22.38$46,550
Maryland540$31.54$65,610
Massachusetts1190$26.96$56,080
Michigan910$20.95$43,570
Minnesota510$22.08$45,930
Mississippi340$26.48$55,070
Missouri940$27.19$56,560
Montana90$23.55$48,980
Nebraska110$25.35$52,720
Nevada210$34.83$72,450
New Hampshire180$24.76$51,510
New Jersey320$31.46$65,440
New Mexico140$28.01$58,270
New York2160$25.95$53,970
North Carolina1300$27.65$57,520
North Dakota80$20.77$43,210
Ohio2390$27.13$56,420
Oklahoma440$27.86$57,960
Oregon160$25.92$53,910
Pennsylvania2480$22.83$47,500
Rhode Island130$24.10$50,120
South Carolina550$27.02$56,200
South Dakota60$17.34$36,070
Tennessee670$28.26$58,790
Texas3230$34.11$70,950
Utah110$26.53$55,180
Vermont40$25.57$53,180
Virginia780$30.64$63,730
Washington400$29.27$60,880
West Virginia200$27.32$56,830
Wisconsin800$21.97$45,710
Wyoming80$22.89$47,620
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