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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $35.97 per hour. Compensation ranges from $27.64 per hour on the lower end to $46.98 on the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. The majority of Registered Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Registered Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$48,095 - $82,702
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $62,408
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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$27.64 - $46.98
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,095 - $82,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
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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$52,813 - $94,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.64 - $46.98  
   
Overtime
$30.15 - $66.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,003  
   
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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$52,813 - $94,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 972
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Job Description for Registered Occupational Therapist

A registered occupational therapist performs occupational therapy treatments for a variety of clients, from very young children to the elderly to individuals with developmental delays and/or severe injuries. Aside from the actual therapy, registered occupational therapists perform evaluations on sensory motor, neuromuscular, and cognitive activities to determine the level of care needed. They also supervise occupational therapy assistants.
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Registered Occupational Therapist Tasks
  • 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 Registered Occupational Therapist

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Registered Occupational Therapists may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Senior Occupational Therapist offer money in line with Registered Occupational Therapists. Many Registered Occupational Therapists advance into roles as School-Based Occupational Therapists or Pediatric Occupational Therapists, but the median salaries are $12K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist

RehabCare offers the least pay with a median salary of $74K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $87K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist

Registered Occupational Therapists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, Certified Hand Therapist, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics and Acute Care. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Home Health/Home Care and Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Registered Occupational Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Registered Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $80K.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Kansas City
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Houston
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National Average
$71,000
Denver
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Austin
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New York
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Indianapolis
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Milwaukee
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Pittsburgh
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Grand Rapids
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For those looking to make money, Registered Occupational Therapists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Registered Occupational Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Kansas City (+6 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Grand Rapids. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Pittsburgh and 13 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 23%