Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Earnings for Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States come in at around $36.30 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $27.81 per hour and $46.55. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. There are far more female Registered Occupational Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,751 - $83,443

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$27.81 - $46.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,751 - $83,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,948  
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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$53,616 - $94,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.81 - $46.55  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $67.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,948  
   
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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$53,616 - $94,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,056
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Senior Occupational Therapists, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Senior Occupational Therapists earn the same amount as Registered Occupational Therapists 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


With a median salary of $78K, Genesis Rehab Services offers Registered Occupational Therapists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $64K and are capped at $99K.

With a median salary of $72K, RehabCare provides Registered Occupational Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $86K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Certified Hand Therapist, Home Health/Home Care, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Those familiar with Geriatrics also tend to 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, 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 $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Occupational Therapists make a median salary of $79K. 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.

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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




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$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 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
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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