The salary statistics of occupational therapy assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of occupational therapy assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The occupational therapy assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
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Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapy assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) occupational therapy assistants is $80,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,160. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 104% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapy assistants from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of occupational therapy assistants in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for occupational therapy assistants occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $68,580. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $47,560).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only occupational therapy assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of occupational therapy assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,800 to $72,540. The highest paying state for occupational therapy assistants is Texas with a median annual salary of $72,540. The lowest paying state is South Dakota with a median annual salary of $35,800. For more salary information of occupational therapy assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
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|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |