Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Most Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $36.83 per hour. Compensation ranges from $27.93 per hour on the lower end to $49.19 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$48,917 - $85,002
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,490
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$27.93 - $49.19
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,917 - $85,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,930  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$53,918 - $98,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.93 - $49.19  
   
Overtime
$34.70 - $65.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,930  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $4,966  
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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$53,918 - $98,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,689
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists who move on to become Rehabilitation Directors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $87K. 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


Dominating the field, HCR ManorCare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $84K. Other big spenders include Infinity Rehab, RehabCare, and HCR ManorCare, top-paying firms where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists see paychecks nearing $82K, $81K, or $80K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital — median pay is $60K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $45K and only reaching $78K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($74K), Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. ($75K), and Genesis Rehab Services ($76K).

Popular Skills for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist


Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health, Pediatrics, and Skilled Nursing. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent in 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $66K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. 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


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. The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Pittsburgh and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent less).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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Long Term Care
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Acute Care
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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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National Average
$73,000

Skilled Nursing
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 356 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 23%
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