Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides
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Overview
Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients; occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Both assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for occupational therapy assistants are expected to grow by 29%, and should have about 6,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Occupational therapy assistants are less likely to be automated than 84% of other careers.
Workforce size
Occupational therapy assistants, with 39,300 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
Only 17% of occupational therapy assistants and aides have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by occupational therapy assistants and aides
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for occupational therapy assistants is higher than 67% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most occupational therapy assistants.
This job's median $60KAll jobs' median $39K$61K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 86% of occupational therapy assistants and aides -- that's a larger percentage than 95% of other jobs.
Gender of occupational therapy assistants and aides
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For occupational therapy assistants and aides, the median men's salary was 4% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 14% of occupational therapy assistants and aides are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of occupational therapy assistants and aides
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Occupational Therapy Assistants per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 49% of occupational therapy assistants and aides, and 57% have company-sponsored health insurance (20% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for occupational therapy assistants and aides
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of occupational therapy assistants who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (93%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (83%)
  • Time Pressure (81%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (57%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (56%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do occupational therapy assistants and aides earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group occupational therapy assistants and aides, which combines the data for 2 careers, including occupational therapy assistants. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for occupational therapy assistants, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for occupational therapy assistants compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for occupational therapy assistants (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all occupational therapy assistants and aides, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for occupational therapy assistants and aides compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for occupational therapy assistants and aides (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where occupational therapy assistants work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (ACS)
Private for-profit (76.2%)
Private not-for-profit (13.1%)
Local government (3.9%)
State government (3.6%)
Federal government (1.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.9%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of occupational therapy assistants and aides by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of occupational therapy assistants and aides, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$47K$48K$36K$38K$44K$53K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of occupational therapy assistants by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty occupational therapy assistants, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for occupational therapy assistants and aides

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Occupational therapy assistants and aides and gender

With 86% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 95% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Occupational therapy assistants and aides
Men (14%)
Women (86%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for occupational therapy assistants and aides, with the median salary for men only 3.8% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Occupational therapy assistants and aides have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 87% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of occupational therapy assistants and aides

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority occupational therapy assistants and aides than for 71% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of occupational therapy assistants and aides
White (84% )
Black (8% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for occupational therapy assistants and aides by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for occupational therapy assistants and aides by nativity
$44K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by occupational therapy assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), occupational therapy assistants typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as occupational therapy assistants and aides as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for occupational therapy assistants and aides.

Education attained by occupational therapy assistants and aides
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Licensing and certification recommended for occupational therapy assistants

All states regulate the practice of occupational therapy assistants, with most requiring licensure. Licensure typically requires the completion of an accredited occupational therapy assistant education program, completion of all fieldwork requirements, and passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Some states have additional requirements.

Occupational therapy assistants must pass the NBCOT exam to use the title “Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant” (COTA). They must also take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Occupational Therapy Association also offers a number of specialty certifications for occupational therapy assistants who want to demonstrate their specialized level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in specialized areas of practice such as low vision or feeding, eating, and swallowing.

Occupational therapy aides are not regulated by state law.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for occupational therapy assistants and aides? Below we see the distribution of occupational therapy assistants and aides salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as occupational therapy assistants and aides, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$43K$48K$41K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KSome College (8%)Associate's Degree (73%)Bachelor's Degree (14%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by occupational therapy assistants and aides

This table shows the college majors held by people working as occupational therapy assistants and aides. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Occupational therapy assistants and aides with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as occupational therapy assistants and aides, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by occupational therapy assistants and aides given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Physical therapistsOccupational therapistsHealthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Therapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersPhysicians and surgeonsPhysician assistantsRegistered nursesElementary and middle school teachersPostsecondary teachersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsManagers (specialized areas)Lawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersEducation administratorsRecreation and fitness workersSecondary school teachersAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersDiagnostic related technologists and techniciansNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesSecretaries and administrative assistantsSocial and community service managersMedical records and health information techniciansFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersCustomer service representativesNurse PractitionersNurse anesthetistsAccountants and auditorsChief executives and legislatorsFinancial managersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsDentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsTreatment TherapyProfessionsPsychologyPhysical Fitness, Parks,Recreation, and LeisureGeneral Medical and HealthServicesSociologyHealth and MedicalAdministrative ServicesNursingGeneral BusinessBusiness Management andAdministrationBiologyAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for occupational therapy assistants and aides

What jobs will most occupational therapy assistants and aides hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of occupational therapy assistants and aides reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Occupational Therapy Assistants and AidesOccupational therapistsRegistered nursesFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesMedical and health services managersPersonal care aidesClaims adjusters and insurance appraisersHairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologistsTherapists (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for occupational therapy assistants and aides

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as occupational therapy assistants and aides as well as 1% of respondents after working as occupational therapy assistants and aides. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for occupational therapy assistants and aides
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
Occupational therapists
10,300
$0$200K$67K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for occupational therapy assistants and aides: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as occupational therapy assistants and aides? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of occupational therapy assistants and aides surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for occupational therapy assistants and aides
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Waiters and waitresses
522,900
$0$200K$21K
5.8%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
1.1%
Teacher assistants
148,000
$0$200K$21K
2.0%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
4.1%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
1.8%
Secondary school teachers
85,500
$0$200K$53K
2.2%
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
62,800
$0$200K$38K
1.4%
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
2.3%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
1.6%
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
7.2%
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
19,400
$0$200K$41K
2.6%
Physical therapists
17,800
$0$200K$75K
2.7%
Pharmacists
15,300
$0$200K$120K
1.4%
Occupational therapists
10,300
$0$200K$67K
11.3%
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides
7,800
$0$200K$47K
42.1%
Transportation security screeners
4,200
$0$200K$42K
2.6%
Recreational therapists
1,200
$0$200K$42K
1.4%
No occupation
5.6%
Read about occupational therapy assistants
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Occupational therapy assistants typically do the following:

  • Help patients do therapeutic activities, such as stretches and other exercises
  • Lead children who have developmental disabilities in play activities that promote coordination and socialization
  • Encourage patients to complete activities and tasks
  • Teach patients how to use special equipment—for example, showing a patient with Parkinson’s disease how to use devices that make eating easier
  • Record patients’ progress, report to occupational therapists, and do other administrative tasks

Occupational therapy aides typically do the following:

  • Prepare treatment areas, such as setting up therapy equipment
  • Transport patients
  • Clean treatment areas and equipment
  • Help patients with billing and insurance forms
  • Perform clerical tasks, including scheduling appointments and answering telephones

Occupational therapy assistants collaborate with occupational therapists to develop and carry out a treatment plan for each patient. Plans include diverse activities such as teaching the proper way for patients to move from a bed into a wheelchair and advising patients on the best way to stretch their muscles. For example, an occupational therapy assistant might work with injured workers to help them get back into the workforce by teaching them how to work around lost motor skills. Occupational therapy assistants also may work with people who have learning disabilities, teaching them skills that allow them to be more independent.

Assistants monitor activities to make sure that patients are doing them correctly. They record the patient’s progress and provide feedback to the occupational therapist so that the therapist can change the treatment plan if the patient is not getting the desired results.

Occupational therapy aides typically prepare materials and assemble equipment used during treatment. They may assist patients with moving to and from treatment areas. After a therapy session, aides clean the treatment area, put away equipment, and gather laundry.

Occupational therapy aides fill out insurance forms and other paperwork and are responsible for a range of clerical tasks, such as scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and monitoring inventory levels.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of occupational therapy assistants? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Adaptability
Assistants must be flexible when treating patients. Because not every type of therapy will work for each patient, assistants may need to be creative when working with occupational therapists to determine the best therapy to achieve a patient’s goals.
Compassion
Occupational therapy assistants and aides frequently work with patients who struggle with many of life’s basic activities. As a result, they should be compassionate and have the ability to encourage others.
Detail oriented
Occupational therapy assistants and aides must quickly and accurately follow the instructions, both written and spoken, of an occupational therapist. In addition, aides must pay attention to detail when performing clerical tasks, such as helping a patient fill out an insurance form.
Interpersonal skills
Occupational therapy assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients and therefore should be friendly and courteous. They also should communicate clearly with patients and with patients’ families to the extent of their training.
Physical strength
Assistants and aides need to have a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required to assist patients. Constant kneeling, stooping, and standing for long periods also are part of the job.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for occupational therapy assistants
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for occupational therapy assistants was higher than 67% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for occupational therapy assistants are anticipated to grow by 29% over the next decade; only 1% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for occupational therapy assistants is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most occupational therapy assistants? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as occupational therapy assistants. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all occupational therapy assistants and aides, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Occupational Therapy Assistants per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where occupational therapy assistants earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for occupational therapy assistants and aides compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for occupational therapy assistants and aides.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all occupational therapy assistants and aides, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Occupational Therapy Assistants to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which occupational therapy assistants earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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