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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States take home an average $36.00 per hour. Pay generally varies between $27.81 per hour and $46.84. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Registered Occupational Therapists are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,258 - $83,599
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,926
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$27.81 - $46.84
(Median)
$28
$36
$47
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,258 - $83,599  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
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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$53,260 - $94,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.81 - $46.84  
   
Overtime
$27.13 - $67.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
   
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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$53,260 - $94,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,028

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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' 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. Registered Occupational Therapists most often move into positions as School-Based Occupational Therapists or Pediatric Occupational Therapists. School-Based Occupational Therapists actually earn $12K less on average, however, and Pediatric Occupational Therapists earn $10K less per year than Registered Occupational Therapists do.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


Although Kindred Healthcare boasts the highest average salary in town at $79K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $54K or as much as $95K.

RehabCare doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $73K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $86K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics and Acute Care. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $64K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $73K. Registered Occupational Therapists bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. Registered Occupational Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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