Occupational Therapist How to Hire, Salary Data, and Job Descriptions

Occupational therapists use everyday activities to help people who have injuries or disabilities to improve their quality of life. They evaluate a patient’s needs, develop a treatment plan, and help them with daily tasks such as getting dressed and making meals. Occupational therapists spend a lot of time on their feet, interacting with clients. They must have a master’s degree, and states require them to be licensed.

Sample job description #1

We are searching for a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for our new location in (City) — someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you’ll plan, evaluate, organize, and implement occupational therapy treatment programs in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner.


  • Complete patient evaluations and reassessments
  • Develop an individualized plan of care based on evaluation findings
  • Develop measurable long-term and short-term goals
  • Manage the schedule effectively to maintain productivity expectations
  • Participate in ongoing communication and collaboration with other members of the patient’s interdisciplinary care team
  • Monitor patient response to treatment intervention
  • Recommend appropriate adaptive equipment and/or termination of treatment when appropriate
  • Assess patient and family needs regarding their level of understanding, readiness to learn, ability to assimilate information, and the most desirable method of teaching
  • Develop and instruct the patient and family for appropriate home treatment programs
  • Document the patient information in the electronic medical record


  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy required
  • OT certification required
  • 2 years pediatric and/or clinical experience preferred
  • Outpatient pediatric experience preferred
  • Feeding experience highly preferred

Sample job description #2

Our ESIT (Early Support for Infants and Toddlers) Team is hiring a Occupational Therapist to work with children from newborns to age three, and their families! Join our team of providers and our mission as we partner with families to build healthy foundations and community where all children thrive.

You will be joining a team that is focused on holistic, wrap around care to meet the critical individual needs of the developing child, and support for the family. You will be working with a team of providers offering multidisciplinary care in a community that connects with, encourages, and builds relationships with one another.


The ESIT Occupational Therapist is responsible for the planning and implementation of therapeutic services in conjunction with the early intervention team providing a treatment plan supporting the functional development of a child’s ability to complete daily living activities. The Occupational Therapist works with families and their children age birth to three years old in the child’s natural environment which may include home, childcare, or other community-based settings using a parent coaching model.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide services to children and families, using a parent coaching model during treatment to encourage parent involvement and training
  • Monitor treatment progress and adapt the plan according to the developmental needs of the child and the family goals
  • Evaluate children for program qualification
  • Develop initial and on-going individualized goals and regular updates on progress
  • Collaborate and consult with other therapists as a participant of a multi-disciplinary team of providers and FRCs on a regular basis
  • Complete written daily treatment notes in a timely manner to document services rendered
  • Maintain records on each child as mandated to monitor progress and development
  • Provide daily insurance billing information to facilitate timely reimbursement
  • Using the parent coaching model, implement practices of reflection, observation, and connection to include parents in all aspects of their child’s development, promoting the parent’s ability to support their child
  • Demonstrate a desire to identify, gain knowledge in and awareness of individual experiences and societal oppressions that impact ESIT families and children in underserved populations centered around race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, belief systems, physical/mental/neurodevelopment differences, marital status, and gender
  • Plan and implement play-based activities creating opportunities for children to practice functional skills and work towards developmental goals
  • Actively engage in building a community that thrives from a genuine sense of belonging, involvement, and inclusion; by honoring differences, acknowledging biases, and transforming in togetherness
  • Monitor and track caseload requirements with on-going new referrals
  • Participate in staff development/training opportunities based on Part C, DCYF, and King County contracts
  • Able to work closely and collaboratively with parents, caregivers, and professionals
  • Be resourceful, responsive, engaged, and reflective in addressing the unique needs of every family and their child
  • Execute exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • Maintain all certifications related to the field of Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy program
  • Valid Washington Certified Occupational Therapy license
  • Infant Toddler CPR certification required within 90 days of hire
  • Must have valid current State Driver’s License and vehicle insurance
  • Pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and background check and FBI fingerprint check if not in state for more than the past 3 years
  • Proof of most current COVID Vaccination
  • Must possess a positive attitude and friendly manner with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to be flexible, solution focused, collaborative, and mindful


  • At least one year of pediatric experience
  • Experience with telehealth
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Physical demands:

  • This is an active job requiring lifting of up to 50 lbs, frequently squatting, sitting on the floor, and active work with children

Sample job description #3

The OT – Occupational Therapist provides direct rehab care in occupational therapy to patients upon physician referral in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and ABC Company standards.

Education, experience, and licensure requirements

  • NBCOT certified upon hire, but renewal is optional going forward
  • Graduate of an accredited program in occupational therapy (BSOT or MSOT)
  • Currently registered/licensed in applicable State. Must maintain an active license in good standing throughout employment
  • One (1) year experience in post acute care or related setting preferred
  • CPR certification upon hire or obtain during orientation. CPR certification must remain current during employment

Specific job requirements

  • Participates in community health matters/projects as appropriate
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and e mail
  • Liaisons with patients, families, support departments, etc., to adequately plan for patient needs
  • Must demonstrate good body mechanics at all times
  • Make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Knowledgeable of practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations, and guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
  • Implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department
  • Perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, safety, and sanitation
  • Maintains professional working relationships with all associates, vendors, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information
  • Understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures
  • Displays integrity and professionalism by adhering to ABC Company’s Code of Conduct and completes mandatory Code of Conduct and other appropriate compliance training

Essential functions

  • Follow occupational treatment plans for patients (i.e., activities of daily living)
  • Establish, assess, and modify realistic, measurable, timely, and functional goals
  • Oversee and evaluate care given by OTAs, Rehab Aides, and students
  • Chart appropriately and timely
  • Utilize therapy software appropriately and accurately
  • Exhibit excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards patients
  • Assist in the evacuation of patients
  • Demonstrate dependable, regular attendance
  • Concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
  • Communicate and function productively on an interdisciplinary team
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours
  • Read, write, speak, and understand the English language

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an occupational therapist is $92,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$92,000$124,450
Los Angeles, California$103,800$140,400
Denver, Colorado$86,500$117,000
Washington, DC$105,350$142,550
Miami, Florida$86,100$116,500
Orlando, Florida$79,400$107,450
Tampa, Florida$80,200$108,500
Atlanta, Georgia$84,150$113,800
Chicago, Illinois$96,700$130,850
Boston, Massachusetts$104,550$141,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$83,350$112,750
New York City, New York$110,100$148,950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$89,650$121,250
Dallas, Texas$87,250$118,100
Houston, Texas$86,500$117,000
Seattle, Washington$100,650$136,150
National Average$78,650$106,400

Sample interview questions

  • What skills do you have that you believe will assist you in being an occupational therapist?
  • Do you have any relevant or useful certifications, and how will these help you with occupational therapy?
  • How should you go about establishing goals for a patient?
  • What is your opinion on how occupational therapy should be administered for the best results?
  • What is an effective method you use in order to ensure patient recovery and rehabilitation?

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