Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $36.65 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Registered Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Registered Occupational Therapists who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,837 - $84,050
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$84K
MEDIAN: $64,802
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$27.89 - $45.83
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$46
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,837 - $84,050  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$54,309 - $93,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$27.89 - $45.83  
   
Overtime
$38.10 - $70.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$198.66 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$54,309 - $93,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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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.

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Registered Occupational Therapists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Senior Occupational Therapist. On average, Senior Occupational Therapists get paid about the same as Registered Occupational Therapists do. Many Registered Occupational Therapists go on to become School-Based Occupational Therapists or Pediatric Occupational Therapists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $12K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


Although the highest salaries can be found at Genesis Rehab Services where median pay is $78K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $64K and $99K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Home Health/Home Care, Geriatrics, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. Registered Occupational Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $80K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $83K on average.

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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




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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