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.

$51,038 - $85,176
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MEDIAN: $65,549
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$28.49 - $46.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$51,038 - $85,176  
   
Bonus
$389.16 - $5,177  
Profit Sharing
$580  
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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$55,985 - $94,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 639
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.49 - $46.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$39.29 - $65.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$389.16 - $5,177  
   
Profit Sharing
$580  
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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$55,985 - $94,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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

National Average: $73,307

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

▲14%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$73,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲5%

▲4%

Skilled Nursing Facility
▲4%

Long Term Care
▲1%

Rehabilitation
▼0%

Lymphedema
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

▼1%

▼2%

Skilled Nursing
▼3%

▼4%

hand therapy
▼17%

mental health
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 24%