Registered Occupational Therapist Salary
|Salary||$52,066 - $87,715|
|Total Pay (||$56,226 - $98,282|
|Hourly Rate||$27.87 - $49.71|
|Overtime||$40.72 - $92.74|
|Total Pay (||$56,226 - $98,282|
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.Read More...
Registered occupational therapists work in a large variety of environments. These can be professional offices, but more likely, they will work in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, schools, and even the client's home; they may occasionally work outdoors as well. Most often, registered occupational therapists see several clients in one day for a set amount of time each. Therapy times for one client usually range from a half hour to an hour.
Typical registered occupational therapists work with a variety of other professionals that vary based on their employer; these professionals can include doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, and counselors. In many cases, they also work closely with the family of the client to give recommendations and receive feedback on care.
Positions for registered occupational therapists may be full or part time, as well as contract- or itinerant-based. They typically work during regular business hours; however, exceptions may be made in some hospital environments and in special client circumstances. A day's service locations can span across the region; for this reason, many positions will require a reliable mode of transportation.
Registered occupational therapists must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited school. This position also requires the appropriate state licensure. Many employers will require at least one year of experience working with their target population. Occupational therapists work is often hands-on, so many employers require the ability to lift heavy objects. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Registered Occupational Therapist
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. A lot of Registered Occupational Therapists advance their careers by becoming School-Based Occupational Therapists and Pediatric Occupational Therapists. However, those positions offer $15K less and $12K less per year on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Occupational Therapist
Salary cannot be beat at Genesis Rehab Services, where median pay comes to $78K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $64K, and the higher end is not far away at $99K.
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 Home Health/Home Care, Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, and Rehabilitation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics and Acute Care. 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
Pay by Experience for a Registered Occupational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Occupational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 273 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Occupational Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Registered Occupational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 151 salaries. A Registered Occupational Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 95 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Registered Occupational Therapists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. Registered Occupational Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+8 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 12 percent below the national average. Richmond and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.
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