How Much Do Occupational Therapy Aides Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Occupational Therapy Aides

Occupational Therapy Aides under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$34160 per year
Hourly wage
$16 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$20,010 to $23,130 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $11 per hour

Entry-level Occupational Therapy Aides with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $20,010 to $23,130 per year or $10 to $11 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Occupational Therapy Aides to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $28 $58,800
Senior (Top 25%) $19 $39,120
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $30,180
Junior (Bottom 25%) $11 $23,130
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $20,010

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $27 $56,840
UT $23 $48,320
ND $20 $41,700
MD $20 $40,940
MA $20 $40,890
MO $19 $40,010
PA $19 $39,780
CT $18 $38,030
VA $18 $37,420
CO $18 $36,840

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Occupational Therapy Aide is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Occupational Therapy Aides are in the states of NY, UT, ND, MD and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Home Health Care Services $47580 $22.87
Elementary and Secondary Schools $43060 $20.70
State Government $41020 $19.72
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $39390 $18.94
Individual and Family Services $38820 $18.66
Offices of Physicians $36610 $17.60
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $35590 $17.11
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $35530 $17.08
Specialty Hospitals $34530 $16.60
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $31750 $15.26
Management of Companies and Enterprises $29730 $14.30
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $29490 $14.18

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