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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. Compensation ranges between $27.70 per hour and $48.94. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair portion and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale 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
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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  
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  
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists fill the offices of leading firms RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare. The biggest paychecks can be found at Select Rehabilitation, Inc. — the median salary there is $83K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider RehabCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Genesis Rehab Services, top-paying firms where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists rake in a comfortable $78K, $78K, or $78K, respectively.
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the least pay with a median salary of $60K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $78K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($73K), Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. ($75K), and HCR ManorCare ($76K).

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. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of 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.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $82K on average. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; close to one-half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise approximately one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$72,000
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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, 15 percent higher than the national average. Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa, and Louisville are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning around 14 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than average. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in Buffalo make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Pittsburgh and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 10 percent less, 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%