Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

The average Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $36.81 per hour. Earnings sit near $27.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $49.16 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. For the most part, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,870 - $85,192

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$27.96 - $49.16

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,870 - $85,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$53,915 - $97,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 869
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.96 - $49.16  
   
Overtime
$35.23 - $65.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$53,915 - $97,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,696
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who move on to become Rehabilitation Directors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $87K. A lot of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists advance their careers by becoming Registered Occupational Therapists and School-Based Occupational Therapists. However, those positions offer $3K less and $13K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists flock to HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. offers the most; Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earn $84K on average there. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks at Infinity Rehab ($82K), RehabCare ($81K), and HCR ManorCare ($80K).

Pay for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists is the lowest at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which has a median salary of $60K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $78K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $74K, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. at $75K, and Genesis Rehab Services, where $76K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Survey results imply that Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mental health, Pediatrics, and Skilled Nursing. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $76K. On average, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists make $80K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (13 percent lower) and St. Louis (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
0%

Lymphedema
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National Average
$73,000

Skilled Nursing
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%
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