Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Most Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $36.61 per hour. Pay ranges from $27.90 per hour on the low end to $49.21 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,602 - $84,882
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,656
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$27.90 - $49.21
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,602 - $84,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $4,983  
Total Pay (?
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$53,638 - $98,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 847
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.90 - $49.21  
   
Overtime
$34.65 - $65.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
   
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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$53,638 - $98,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,646

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists sometimes become Rehabilitation Directors, where the average income is $87K per year. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists include HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $84K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Infinity Rehab, RehabCare, and HCR ManorCare, where earnings of $82K, $82K, or $80K are standard for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists.

Salaries are easily beat at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where median pay comes to just $60K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $45K and ending at $78K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Life Care Centers of America ($71K), Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($74K), and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. ($75K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. The majority of those who know 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.


For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. On average, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $84K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Louisville (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist's salary, with Buffalo Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries





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National Average
$72,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 408 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
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: 49% employee benefits None: 24%