Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Earnings for Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $36.12 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $27.75 per hour on the lower end to $46.80 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Occupational Therapists. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Registered Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,600 - $83,609
(Median)
$49K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,449
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$27.75 - $46.80
(Median)
$28
$36
$47
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,600 - $83,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
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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$53,494 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.75 - $46.80  
   
Overtime
$28.16 - $67.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,945  
   
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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$53,494 - $94,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,054
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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 see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Senior Occupational Therapist. Senior Occupational Therapists on average make about as much as Registered Occupational Therapists do. Registered Occupational Therapists most often move into School-Based Occupational Therapist or Pediatric Occupational Therapist roles. However, the former pays $12K less on average, and the latter pays $10K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


Although salaries only range from $64K to just $99K, Genesis Rehab Services still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $78K.

RehabCare offers the least pay with a median salary of $72K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $86K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Occupational Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Occupational Therapists make a median salary of $79K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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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$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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