Why an Occupational Therapy Salary Database?
One of the most commonly asked questions on online discussion groups for new grads is how much they are earning in their local area.
Before the Internet, this type of local data was difficult to get a hold of. You literally had to ask around. And because salaries vary significantly based on your local area, many online statistics that describe average national statistics are not very useful based on your situation.
The goal of this project is to have it easily be found, e.g. via a Google search (“ot dude salary database“) and to be known through social media, word of mouth, and the snowball effect.
Tell your friends, peers, and co-workers about this!
About the Occupational Therapy Salary Database (OTSD)
This occupational therapy salary database is completely free to use for occupational therapists and COTAs – including new grads.
I created the OTSD to easily anonymously submit and view the most important salary data – years of experience, location, hourly rate, annual rate, and work type (e.g., per-diem, full time.) all in under 5 minutes time.
Advancing the OT Profession: Submit Yours
Your anonymous contribution of submitting your salary based on your situation helps the occupational therapy community and profession tremendously by helping others negotiate competitive wages. As many occupational therapy positions are not unionized, this should help the profession advance alongside other allied health professionals including physical therapy, speech therapy, and nursing.
As the profession is moving from MSOT to OTD at the entry-level, a question field has been added to include degrees. This should help to develop some insight into how MSOT or OTD may affect compensation vs. years of experience.
As new grads, many occupational therapists may undervalue their potential in a new job. New grads may unknowingly accept a position at a much lower rate than their peers and not even know. Compared to other professions such as nursing, where there is more transparency and even a pay scale laid out in union newsletters, occupational therapy is much more mysterious. And it should not be this way, especially in this day and age with the Internet and easily accessible data.
I hope that new grads (who are just as qualified as experienced OTs) are able to use this tool to negotiate a competitive salary on par with their peers and the overall occupational therapy profession as a whole.