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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

For Registered Occupational Therapists, hourly average wages total $36.16 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $27.84 per hour and $46.86. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Registered Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Job satisfaction for Registered Occupational Therapists is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 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. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,323 - $83,482
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$48K
$63K
$83K
MEDIAN: $63,026
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$27.84 - $46.86
(Median)
$28
$36
$47
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,323 - $83,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
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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$53,281 - $94,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 576
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.84 - $46.86  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $67.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$53,281 - $94,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,043

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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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As Registered Occupational Therapists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Senior Occupational Therapist position pays around the same amount as the Registered Occupational Therapist job on average. Many Registered Occupational Therapists choose to become School-Based Occupational Therapists and Pediatric Occupational Therapists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $12K less and $10K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


Although the highest salaries can be found at HCR ManorCare where median pay is $81K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $58K and $93K.

RehabCare offers the least pay with a median salary of $73K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $86K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $74K. Registered Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. 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 $81K.

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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
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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