Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States take home an average $36.70 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The vast majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
License registered occupational therapists work extensively with others to motivate them and promote healthy lifestyles. They work with clients in a range of health care settings to aid their physical, mental, and social disabilities which restrict them in daily life.Read More...
This job requires both mental and physical effort to work with those who may have mental illnesses. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and must be able to keep an open mind and a positive attitude, as some responsibilities may include mentoring people on how to improve their lives, teaching anxiety management, and teaching people how to cope with everyday struggles. Occupational therapists work both indoors to create plans and ideas for their patients, and outside to help them become more comfortable in the outside world.
A bachelor's degree with years of training and experience in a health care setting are generally required for this position. Licensed registered occupational therapists typically work full-time during weekly business hours, though this can vary depending on the employer, and they must be able to empathize with others and maintain the passion to help them live comfortable and healthy lives in what is often a physically and mentally demanding position.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Tasks
- Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
- Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.
- Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
- Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
Common Career Paths for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Though some Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists move into positions like Rehabilitation Director (where the average salary is $88K), this progression is not the norm. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists most often move into Registered Occupational Therapist or School-Based Occupational Therapist roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $12K less.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Known for taking on a considerable number of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Genesis Rehab Services, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital are leading firms in the industry. Amedisys Home Health Care attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $94K. Genesis HealthCare, Infinity Rehab, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning around $88K, $84K, or $84K at each firm, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital at $65K, Genesis Rehab Services at $72K, and Kindred Healthcare, where $73K is the norm.
Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Geriatrics, and Skilled Nursing Facility are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health, hand therapy, and Pediatrics. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Acute Care and Pediatrics.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $74K. On average, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists make $82K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists that is 12 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), Richmond (+5 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Pittsburgh (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).