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Occupational therapy assistants earned a median salary of $53,240 in 2012, according to the BLS. The lowest-paid in the field took home less than $32,970 in 2012. Some of the more lucrative positions are in home health care and nursing care facilities, and the best-paid made more than $73,120. The metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Texas, and Reading, Pa., are home to the highest-paid in the profession.

Job Salary Year
2004 $37,820.00
2006 $42,390.00
2008 $48,930.00
2010 $51,930.00
2012 $53,090.00

Average Occupational Therapy Assistant Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Occupational therapy assistants earned a mean salary of $53,090 in 2012, which is about $23,000 less than occupational therapists. However, OT assistants earn more than other health care jobs on our list, including medical assistants ($30,550) and home health aides ($21,830). Still, they far underearn the highest-paid health care professions: physicians ($191,520), dentists ($163,240) and pharmacists ($114,950).

Job Name Salary
Physician $187,199.00
Occupational Therapist $75,400.00
Occupational Therapy Assistant $53,240.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Occupational Therapy Assistants

The highest paid in the occupational therapy assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Fort Worth, Texas, and Reading, Pa. The Oakland, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Santa Ana, Calif.

Las Vegas

Average Salary: $77,930 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapy assistant working in Las Vegas is $77,930, which is $24,690 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fort Worth, Texas

Average Salary: $76,360 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapy assistant working in Fort Worth, Texas is $76,360, which is $23,120 more than the average pay in the profession.

Reading, Pa.

Average Salary: $72,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapy assistant working in Reading, Pa. is $72,390, which is $19,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $72,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapy assistant working in Oakland, Calif. is $72,390, which is $19,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Average Salary: $72,390 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapy assistant working in Santa Ana, Calif. is $72,390, which is $19,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

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