Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Earnings for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $36.95 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $28.19 per hour and $48.58. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority (89 percent) of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who took the survey are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,909 - $84,934
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,754
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$28.19 - $48.58
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,909 - $84,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $5,068  
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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$54,247 - $96,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 950
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.19 - $48.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$34.78 - $65.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $5,068  
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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$54,247 - $96,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,868
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Job Description for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

License registered occupational therapists work extensively with others to motivate them and promote healthy lifestyles. They work with clients in a range of health care settings to aid their physical, mental, and social disabilities which restrict them in daily life.

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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Tasks

  • 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 choose to become Registered Occupational Therapists and School-Based Occupational Therapists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $13K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are all popular places to work. For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, comfortable salaries can be found at Amedisys Home Health Care; in fact, median earnings sit around $94K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Reliant Rehabilitation, Infinity Rehab, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where earnings of $86K, $84K, or $84K are standard for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists.

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. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Healthsouth Corp. ($64K), Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($74K), and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. ($75K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health and Pediatrics. Most people who know Geriatrics also know Acute Care.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,106

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in Buffalo earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Pittsburgh and St. Louis earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 13 percent.

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Acute Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 341 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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