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Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,160
25th Percentile Wage
$48,790
50th Percentile Wage
$59,010
75th Percentile Wage
$70,550
90th Percentile Wage
$80,090

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapy assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,0101.93%9.78%
201557,8701.59%-
201456,9502.95%-
201355,2703.67%-
201253,240--

Table 2. Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

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
$68,580
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,740
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,760
Educational Services
$47,560

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Occupational Therapy Assistants by States

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.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Texas
$72,540
Nevada
$71,990
California
$69,940
New Jersey
$67,450
Arkansas
$66,170
Delaware
$65,850
Maryland
$65,400
Virginia
$64,290
Florida
$62,560
North Carolina
$62,150
New Mexico
$62,090
Connecticut
$61,950
Georgia
$61,790
Arizona
$61,640
Illinois
$61,430
Rhode Island
$61,140
Washington
$61,060
Tennessee
$60,210
South Carolina
$59,840
Louisiana
$59,510
Oklahoma
$59,290
Oregon
$58,470
District of Columbia
$58,410
Kansas
$58,360
Ohio
$58,360
Alabama
$58,160
Indiana
$57,800
New York
$57,280
Nebraska
$57,120
Idaho
$56,980
Utah
$56,730
Missouri
$56,700
Mississippi
$56,390
West Virginia
$56,360
Massachusetts
$56,100
Montana
$55,980
Iowa
$55,540
Kentucky
$55,020
Hawaii
$54,390
New Hampshire
$54,030
Wyoming
$51,600
Michigan
$51,040
Colorado
$50,170
Pennsylvania
$48,970
Minnesota
$47,550
Maine
$47,330
North Dakota
$44,970
Wisconsin
$42,690
South Dakota
$35,800



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