Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Average Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States make around $36.84 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $27.95 per hour to $49.14. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. For the most part, Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,809 - $85,120
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,374
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$27.95 - $49.14
(Median)
$28
$37
$49
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,809 - $85,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,928  
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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$53,877 - $97,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.95 - $49.14  
   
Overtime
$34.65 - $65.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,928  
   
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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$53,877 - $97,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,683
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists move into roles as Rehabilitation Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $87K per year. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists most often move into Registered Occupational Therapist or School-Based Occupational Therapist roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $13K less.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where the average salary comes to $84K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Infinity Rehab, RehabCare, and HCR ManorCare, top-paying firms where Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists rake in a respectable $82K, $81K, or $80K, respectively.

Pay for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists is the lowest at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which has a median salary of $60K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $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


Survey results imply that Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include mental health, Pediatrics, and Skilled Nursing. Most people familiar with 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.


For Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Licensed Registered Occupational Therapists. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Diego, San Jose, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and St. Louis (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



Rehabilitation
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

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
up arrow 8%

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
14%

Common Health Benefits

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