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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $36.78 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $27.91 per hour and $49.22. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,860 - $84,747
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,273
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$27.91 - $49.22
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,860 - $84,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $4,983  
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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$53,834 - $98,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 852
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.91 - $49.22  
   
Overtime
$33.87 - $65.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $4,983  
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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$53,834 - $98,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,653

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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.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


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For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, advancing into a Rehabilitation Director role, for which the median salary is $87K, is not common but it does happen. Many Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists go on to become Registered Occupational Therapists or School-Based Occupational Therapists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., RehabCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are among the top companies that take on many Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists flock to Brookdale Senior Living Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $84K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are Infinity Rehab at $82K, RehabCare at $82K, and HCR ManorCare, where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists annually earn $80K.

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $60K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $78K, leaving little room for growth. Workers at Life Care Centers of America, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $71K, $74K, and $75K respectively.

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Survey results suggest that Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics, mental health, and Skilled Nursing. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $80K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Louisville (+8 percent). Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in Buffalo bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Long Term Care
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Acute Care
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National Average
$73,000

mental health
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Skilled Nursing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 384 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 24%
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