Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $36.17 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $27.70 per hour to $48.94. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residency, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field—about one-fourth—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$48,082 - $82,971
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $62,353
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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$27.70 - $48.94
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,082 - $82,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $2,990  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$53,003 - $97,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 830
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.70 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$34.36 - $64.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $2,990  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$53,003 - $97,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,610
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Job Description for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

  • 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.

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Dominating the field, RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Select Rehabilitation, Inc., where typical salaries come to $82,930. RehabCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Genesis Rehab Services are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning around $78,265, $78,173, or $78,145 at each firm, respectively.
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $59,799—not to mention workers can only make as much as $78K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also approaching the lower end are Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $73,178, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. at $75,087, and HCR ManorCare at $76,339.

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Geriatrics also know 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.
Though Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. New salaries start at $64K and reach $77K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $80K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning an average of $82K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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National Average
$72,000
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For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa, and Louisville also offer top salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more, respectively. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in Buffalo make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Pittsburgh and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -12 percent and -10 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Acute Care
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National Average
$72,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 511 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 24%
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