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2011 Salary by State

Discussion in 'Occupational Therapy [ O.T.D ]' started by babycheeks, Jun 9, 2012.

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  1. babycheeks


    May 13, 2012
    The 2012 OT and OTA Salary by State Survey with ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, appeared on the March 12, 2012, issue.


    More surveys: http://occupational-therapy.advance.../Salary-Survey-Exclusive-Insider-Content.aspx


    Male OTs make about $8,000 more annually than their female counterparts.

    More than 78 percent of OT participants indicated that their highest degree attained was either a bachelor's degree or entry-level master's degree. Of those responses, we found that those with bachelor's degrees actually reported higher annual salaries on the average ($73,271) than those with entry-level master's degrees ($66,690).. What??? However, a closer look revealed that more than 82 percent of OTs reporting with bachelor's degrees have been in the OT field for over 10 years.From strictly an average-salary standpoint, practitioners with bachelor's degrees, post-professional master's degrees or clinical doctorates all fell within a mere $150 of each other on the scale. Those with entry-level master's degrees (74 percent) have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. How are they able to practice on a bachelors?

    In a recent issue there was an article on ACOTE's new standards for education, which will go into effect in July 2013, which will require some kind of affiliation that is psychosocially focused. The requirement reads: "Ensure that at least one fieldwork experience (either Level I or Level II) has a focus psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation." (Mental Health)

    If you don't get the Advance subscription you can sign up it's a free magazine by ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. A trusted source of news and information for OTs since 1985. This biweekly magazine is filled with cutting-edge stories on the newest treatment arenas, protocols, products, therapy equipment and modalities. Regular columns by highly respected leaders in the field inform and educate readers.

    I get it by print in the mail thought I'd share lots of great information. I bought one of the OT shirts too!
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012
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  3. resot

    resot 5+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    It makes sense that OTs with a bachelors still make more an average than those with entry level masters degrees because the masters degree is still a relatively recent requirement. Don't quote me on it, but I believed they bumped the education requirement to sit for the board exam to a masters degree sometime after 2005. Before that time, all you needed was an OT undergrad to become a board certified OT. And in a decade or two, I'm sure people will seriously consider moving the education level to the doctoral level.

    But basically, after they changed the requirement to a masters, they "grandfathered" currently certified OTs so that they wouldn't need to attend extra schooling to continue their work which is why a lot of older generation OTs only have a bachelors.
  4. babycheeks


    May 13, 2012
    Yeah the survey shows OT salary is based a lot on years of experience over education.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012

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