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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $36.28 per hour. Earnings sit near $27.73 per hour on the lower side but can approach $49.05 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$48,588 - $83,521
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74K
84K
MEDIAN: $63,134
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$27.73 - $49.05
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,588 - $83,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $4,949  
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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$53,349 - $97,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 831
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.73 - $49.05  
   
Overtime
$34.24 - $64.94  
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 - $2,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $4,949  
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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$53,349 - $97,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,617
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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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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists do not often transition into Rehabilitation Director roles. The role averages $87K per year. 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 $2K 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. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $84K. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries at Select Rehabilitation, Inc. (+$83K), RehabCare (+$81K), and HCR ManorCare (+$79K).

With a median salary of $60K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $78K, limiting employee salary growth. Also approaching the lower end are Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $74K, Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. at $76K, and Genesis Rehab Services at $77K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Survey results suggest that Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $75K. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. 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 $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), Tampa (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Buffalo Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (12 percent less) and St. Louis (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
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Acute Care
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National Average
$72,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 469 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 24%