Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Median pay for Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $36.85 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28.06 per hour and $47.00. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Women make up the vast majority of Registered Occupational Therapists (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The majority of Registered Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,322 - $84,338
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$84K
MEDIAN: $64,087
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$28.06 - $47.00
(Median)
$28
$37
$47
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,322 - $84,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,942  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$54,165 - $95,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$28.06 - $47.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$34.20 - $68.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,942  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$54,165 - $95,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Senior Occupational Therapist. The two jobs pay about the same 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


Pay for Registered Occupational Therapists is best at Genesis Rehab Services, which offers a median salary of $78K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $64K to $99K.

Registered Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at RehabCare, where the median salary crawls in at $70K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $87K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Most people familiar with 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 many Registered Occupational Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. Registered Occupational Therapists bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $81K.

Registered Occupational Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Registered Occupational Therapist?

Registered Occupational Therapist in Baltimore:
"A job if you care."
Pros: Instilling independence. Relationship with patients and staff. Hours. Close commute.
Cons: Productivity. No holidays or sick days. Finding coverage. Threat of losing contract and job. Small company not being on top of salary equality, organization, and benefits.

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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




Rehabilitation
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National Average
$73,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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