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Allied News April 22, 2018

By Victoria Bey

Occupational Therapy Jobs/Salary in 2018

Experienced and newly minted occupational therapists alike are constantly looking for the most rewarding positions in their field. In 2018, OT salary in traditional settings averages more than $81,000 per year or $39.00 per hour. Expected to grow along with the increased demand for qualified professionals, occupational therapy salary remains competitive in 2018, particularly for traveling OTs.

Browse the latest OT travel jobs located across the country with top-paying facilities now when you visit Club Staffing.

Travel Occupational Therapy Salary 2018

The unique opportunity to travel as an occupational therapist is sweetened by the fact that OT travel jobs salary is among the highest in the nation. The current average travel occupational therapy jobs salary ranges from $41.00 - $43.50 per hour, or up to $90,000 a year, which is higher than the national average for OT professionals in traditional settings.

OT Travel Jobs Salary is Higher in Subspecialties

For qualified candidates with experience serving special populations, the average salary for travel and short-term assignments is significantly higher. There are jobs available in many exciting subspecialties and settings, including:

  • Pediatric OT: Work with children in inpatient and outpatient settings to improve their ability to function throughout the day.
  • Rehab OT: Assist targeted populations with specific OT goals in rehab settings.
  • Acute Care OT: Be a supportive presence for individuals in acute care settings who are experiencing complex medical and psychological conditions. 
  • School OT: Partner with children in school settings to promote social, cognitive, and academic wellness.


Travel, temp, and per-diem jobs are available in every state, including cities like Panama City, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Cleveland, Ohio; and San Jose, California. Available positions are also concentrated in states like Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, and Missouri. OT salary numbers do vary by location, but so do living costs.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Travel Occupational Therapy Jobs

As a travel OT, you get to experience different states, communities, and facilities that will enhance your personal and professional development. Additionally, travel OTs have access to superb day-one benefits, including:

  1. Free private housing 
  2. Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  3. Life insurance
  4. Free continuing education
  5. Flex spending accounts


At Club Staffing, we’re dedicated to placing the nation’s best occupational therapists in high-paying, benefit-rich opportunities across the United States. When you choose us, you gain access to exclusive facilities and organizations that solely work with our company, which means the opportunities available to you are truly one-of-a-kind.

Reap Great Benefits as a Travel Occupational Therapist

In the medical field, your primary concern is helping others become healthy. But your dedication and compassion are deserving of both a fair salary and exciting, supportive work environment. With Club Staffing, you can be paired with a state-of-the-art healthcare provider in the location of your choosing while reaping benefits — including a competitive OT salary — from day one.

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