Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

For Registered Occupational Therapists, hourly wages usually total $35.86 per hour. Compensation ranges from $27.41 per hour on the low end to $46.97 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession—about a quarter—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. For the most part, Registered Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$47,582 - $83,005
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MEDIAN: $62,615
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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (?
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$27.41 - $46.97
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$47,582 - $83,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$52,298 - $94,344  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.41 - $46.97  
   
Overtime
$30.05 - $66.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$52,298 - $94,344  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 942
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—Kindred Healthcare offers the highest median salary at $78,166—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $55K and reaching $100K. RehabCare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $75,074. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $61,242 to $87,773.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist

Registered Occupational Therapists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), Geriatrics, Home Health/Home Care, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Geriatrics are similarly competent 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. New salaries start at $64K and reach $77K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $78K. Registered Occupational Therapists who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $79K. Registered Occupational Therapists with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Houston
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Boston
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$71,000
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Registered Occupational Therapists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, and Cincinnati, top-paying markets where Registered Occupational Therapists rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +6 percent, +6 percent, and +5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (-10 percent) and Indianapolis (-5 percent).

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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

Rehabilitation
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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