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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary (United States)

Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $35.86 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $27.41 per hour, and the top verges on $46.97. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. There are far more female Registered Occupational Therapists than men, making up 88 percent of those in this profession. Most Registered Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
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
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  
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.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist

For Registered Occupational Therapists, comfortable salaries can be found at Kindred Healthcare; in fact, typical earnings are around $78K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($54K versus $95K) is great. Pay for Registered Occupational Therapists is the lowest at RehabCare, which has a median salary of $75K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $88K. Kindred Healthcare also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist

Survey results imply that Registered Occupational Therapists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist , 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. The majority of those 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.
Registered Occupational Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. Registered Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. 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 $79K on average. 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

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Kansas City
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Boston
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$71,000
Chicago
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Denver
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New York
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Dallas
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Indianapolis
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Pittsburgh
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For Registered Occupational Therapists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Registered Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Kansas City (+6 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Cincinnati (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Indianapolis (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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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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%