Virginia Occupational Therapist Salaries
Salary for Occupational Therapists in Virginia
The state of Virginia is full of historical sites and monuments. The first permanent English settlement of Jamestown is located in Virginia, the American Revolution ended with the British surrender in Yorktown and the ceremony to officially mark the end of the Civil War took place at Appomattox in Virginia. It also is the home state of eight U.S. presidents.
In addition to the historical significance and tourism draw of Virginia, the state offers a diverse economic base, which makes it attractive for those seeking a professional life. Virginia’s main economic base is service-industry jobs, primarily those connected to the computer industry.
Other types of employment include manufacturing and agriculture. Virginia produces chemicals, textiles, wood products, tobacco, peanuts and dairy products. Virginia also is one of the top ten coal producers in the United States.
For those in health-related fields, such as Occupational Therapy, the state offers employment at the typical hospitals, clinics and schools. Because of the proximity to Washington DC, there also are several government and military-based facilities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website, the annual average Virginia occupational therapist salary is $72,890, the annual salary of a COTA in VA is $52,620; and a typical OT aide in VA makes $32,270.
Virginia Board of Medicine’s Occupational Therapy Advisory Board is the state regulatory entity for Occupational Therapists (OTR) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).
Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VaOTA) is a not for profit professional organization that OTR and COTA professionals can choose to join for information, networking and continuing education. It is a state affiliate with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and can be accessed at http://vaota.org.