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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,020
25th Percentile Wage
$48,970
50th Percentile Wage
$59,310
75th Percentile Wage
$70,770
90th Percentile Wage
$80,320

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 $80,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,020. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 105% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapy assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,310
0.51% 10.23%
2016
$59,010
1.93% -
2015
$57,870
1.59% -
2014
$56,950
2.95% -
2013
$55,270
3.67% -
2012
$53,240
- -

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 $70,280. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $48,880).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$62,190
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,730
Educational Services
$48,880

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 $18,830 to $70,810. The highest paying state for occupational therapy assistants is Texas with a median annual salary of $70,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,830. 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
$70,810
New Jersey
$70,650
Nevada
$69,050
California
$68,980
Virginia
$66,520
Rhode Island
$64,740
Arizona
$64,350
Connecticut
$64,330
Georgia
$64,250
Maryland
$64,010
North Carolina
$62,980
Florida
$62,820
Oklahoma
$61,900
South Carolina
$61,870
Tennessee
$61,190
Illinois
$60,920
Washington
$60,900
Oregon
$60,730
Delaware
$59,900
Idaho
$59,450
Louisiana
$59,450
New Mexico
$58,840
New York
$58,670
Ohio
$58,620
Indiana
$58,560
Massachusetts
$58,440
District of Columbia
$58,410
Hawaii
$57,860
Nebraska
$57,730
Iowa
$57,530
Missouri
$57,520
Vermont
$57,470
Mississippi
$57,420
Kansas
$57,110
West Virginia
$56,960
Kentucky
$56,560
Alabama
$56,340
Montana
$55,980
Utah
$55,760
New Hampshire
$55,350
Arkansas
$55,180
Michigan
$53,670
Colorado
$53,190
Maine
$50,540
Pennsylvania
$50,230
Wyoming
$49,850
Minnesota
$47,940
North Dakota
$46,160
South Dakota
$37,550
Wisconsin
$35,770
Puerto Rico
$18,830



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