Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $36.17 per hour. The top of the range reaches $48.94, and the bottom approaches $27.70 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group—the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Although 24 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$48,082 - $82,971
(Median)
48K
62K
73K
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MEDIAN: $62,353
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Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$27.70 - $48.94
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,082 - $82,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $2,990  
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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$53,003 - $97,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 830
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.70 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$34.36 - $64.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $2,990  
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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$53,003 - $97,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,610
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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.

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists flock to RehabCare, HCR ManorCare, 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, Select Rehabilitation, Inc. offers the most; Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists earn $82,930 on average there. RehabCare, Kindred Healthcare, and Genesis Rehab Services also offer top salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $78,265, $78,173, and $78,145, respectively.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $59,799. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $78K, leaving little room for growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($73,178), Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. ($75,087), and HCR ManorCare ($76,339).

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.
In most cases, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. At career start, salaries are typically $64K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $80K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $82K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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San Diego
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New York
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Louisville
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Tampa
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Chicago
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Seattle
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National Average
$72,000
Baltimore
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Minneapolis
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Buffalo
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With a pay rate for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa, and Louisville, where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists typically earn around 14 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than usual. Compared to the national average, Buffalo Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around -12 percent in Pittsburgh and -10 percent in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Acute Care
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National Average
$72,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 24%
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