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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $36.86 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $27.96 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $49.22. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. About one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,815 - $84,932
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,314
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$27.96 - $49.22
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,815 - $84,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,948  
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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$53,926 - $98,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 854
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.96 - $49.22  
   
Overtime
$34.09 - $65.23  
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 - $1,948  
   
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).
)
$53,926 - $98,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,672
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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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Although some Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists become Rehabilitation Director, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $87K. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists most often advance into Registered Occupational Therapist and School-Based Occupational Therapist positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Many Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can be found at HCR ManorCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., RehabCare, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare, firms that are at the top of the field. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where the average salary comes to $84K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Infinity Rehab, RehabCare, and HCR ManorCare, where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists typically earn around $82K, $82K, or $80K, respectively.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $60K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $78K and scope of pay is rather limited. Employees at Life Care Centers of America, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $71K, $74K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Survey results imply that Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists put a diverse skill set 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. 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.


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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in Buffalo report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Rehabilitation
up arrow 4%

Orthopedics
up arrow 4%

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Skilled Nursing
up arrow 4%


mental health
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 378 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
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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