Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $36.72 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Women make up the vast majority of Registered Occupational Therapists (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,487 - $85,488
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$66K
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MEDIAN: $66,180
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$27.93 - $45.34
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MEDIAN: $36.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,487 - $85,488  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$54,952 - $92,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$27.93 - $45.34  
   
Overtime
$39.50 - $70.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$242.40 - $5,152  
   
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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$54,952 - $92,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 448

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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

  • 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.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Registered Occupational Therapist


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Registered Occupational Therapists sometimes move into a Senior Occupational Therapist role, where the salary is similar. Registered Occupational Therapists most often move into School-Based Occupational Therapist or Pediatric Occupational Therapist roles. However, the former pays $13K less on average, and the latter pays $11K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists in search of the best pay head to Genesis Rehab Services, where the median salary rolls in at $78K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $99K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $64K.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Registered Occupational Therapists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. Those proficient in Geriatrics are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. Registered Occupational Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $82K.

Registered Occupational Therapist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Registered Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
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Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries






National Average
$74,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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