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Occupational Therapist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Occupational Therapist"

How much does an Occupational Therapist in the federal government get paid? $82,104.31* *Based on the 2018 average.

Occupational Therapist was the 142nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 1,351 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Occupational Therapist, with an average salary of $82,019.

Government Occupational Therapist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Occupational Therapist job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions requiring professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of occupational therapy to provide clinical services, supervise or train students and therapists, or perform research with people who have impaired capacities for performing activities appropriate to their age group. The work requires knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, environmental influences, human development, physical and psychosocial dysfunctions, and skill in developing treatment plans to teach new skills, restore performance, or learn compensating skills.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Occupational Therapist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 1,335 $82,018.94
National Institutes of Health 8 $101,114.00
Indian Health Service 4 $76,388.25
Indian Affairs 2 $77,425.50
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $71,010.00
Armed Forces Retirement Home 1 $86,460.00

Occupational Therapist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Occupational Therapist is $82,104.31. The highest paid Occupational Therapist made $127,097 in 2018.

Common Occupational Therapist Payscales

Payscale Number of Occupational Therapist Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,325
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 23
CY - Contract Education--school Year 2
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Occupational Therapist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Insurance ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
General Physical ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Health System SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Insurance AccountsClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Civilian PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Occupational Therapist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for an Occupational Therapist was $59,571. Since then, the average pay has increased to $82,104 in 2018.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0631.

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