Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary
The average Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist in the United States earns approximately $37.00 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. The vast majority (87 percent) of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$51,038 - $85,176|
|Bonus||$389.16 - $5,177|
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|$55,985 - $94,874|
|Hourly Rate||$28.49 - $46.94|
|Overtime||$39.29 - $65.77|
|Bonus||$389.16 - $5,177|
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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.Read More...
This job requires both mental and physical effort to work with those who may have mental illnesses. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and must be able to keep an open mind and a positive attitude, as some responsibilities may include mentoring people on how to improve their lives, teaching anxiety management, and teaching people how to cope with everyday struggles. Occupational therapists work both indoors to create plans and ideas for their patients, and outside to help them become more comfortable in the outside world.
A bachelor's degree with years of training and experience in a health care setting are generally required for this position. Licensed registered occupational therapists typically work full-time during weekly business hours, though this can vary depending on the employer, and they must be able to empathize with others and maintain the passion to help them live comfortable and healthy lives in what is often a physically and mentally demanding position.
Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Tasks
- 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.
- Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Though not the most common occurrence, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists sometimes become Rehabilitation Directors, where the average income is $88K 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 $3K lower and $13K lower, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, and Genesis Rehab Services are all popular places to work. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists flock to Amedisys Home Health Care for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $94K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Encompass Home Health, and Infinity Rehab, top-paying firms where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists see paychecks nearing $86K, $84K, or $84K.
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital ($65K), Kindred Healthcare ($73K), and Genesis Rehab Services ($73K).
Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Certified Hand Therapist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those listing mental health as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. hand therapy and Pediatrics also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent in Acute Care and Pediatrics.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist
Pay by Experience for a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 1,076 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 340 salaries. An experienced Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 427 salaries. A Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 245 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
There's tons of opportunity for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego all offer salaries above the national rate. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Baltimore (9 percent lower).
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