Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Average Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States make around $36.16 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $27.81 per hour to $46.58. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Registered Occupational Therapists who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,657 - $83,495
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$49K
$63K
$83K
MEDIAN: $63,388
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$27.81 - $46.58
(Median)
$28
$36
$47
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,657 - $83,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,920  
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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$53,604 - $94,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 577
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.81 - $46.58  
   
Overtime
$31.43 - $67.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,920  
   
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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$53,604 - $94,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,047
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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


Genesis Rehab Services pays the most with a median salary of $78K, though there is little variation overall ($64K to $99K).

RehabCare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $72K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $53K to $86K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists seem to require a number of specific 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 between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Most people who know 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 Registered Occupational Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Registered Occupational Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $81K on average.

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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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National Average
$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

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