Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Pay for Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States is typically around $35.86 per hour. The top of the range reaches $46.97, and the bottom approaches $27.41 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 23 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Occupational Therapists. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$47,582 - $83,005  
   
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$0.00 - $2,027  
Total Pay (?
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$52,298 - $94,344  
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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  
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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.

Registered Occupational Therapist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist

Kindred Healthcare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $78,166—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $55K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $100K. Registered Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at RehabCare, where the median salary crawls in at $75,074. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $88K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist

Registered Occupational Therapists seem to require a number of specific 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled 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. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $64K to $77K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $78K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Registered Occupational Therapists earning an average of $79K per year. The majority of Registered Occupational Therapists have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$71,000
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Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Registered Occupational Therapists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Registered Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Kansas City (+6 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Cincinnati (+5 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Indianapolis (-10 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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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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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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