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Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States take home approximately $36.06 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $27.86 per hour and $46.74. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. For the most part, Registered Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Registered Occupational Therapists are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,160 - $83,827
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$48K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,188
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$27.86 - $46.74
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,160 - $83,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
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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$53,256 - $94,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$27.86 - $46.74  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $67.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$53,256 - $94,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,046

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist


With a median salary of $78K, Genesis Rehab Services offers Registered Occupational Therapists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $64K and are capped at $99K.

Registered Occupational Therapists will find the worst pay at RehabCare, where the median salary crawls in at $73K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $86K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Registered Occupational Therapist


Survey results suggest that Registered Occupational Therapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. On average, Registered Occupational Therapists make $79K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $81K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 23%
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