Registered Occupational Therapist Salary

Median pay for Registered Occupational Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $37.34 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Registered Occupational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Registered Occupational Therapists are female. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,066 - $87,715
$52K
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$88K
MEDIAN: $69,842
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$27.87 - $49.71
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MEDIAN: $37.52
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$0$98K
Salary $52,066 - $87,715
Bonus $1,500
Total Pay (?
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$56,226 - $98,282
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 96
Hourly Data $0$92
Hourly Rate $27.87 - $49.71
Overtime $40.72 - $92.74
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $1,500
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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$56,226 - $98,282
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 194

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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
  • 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


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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. 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.

Registered Occupational Therapist Job Listings

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

National Average: $75,096

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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.

Registered Occupational Therapist in Philadelphia:
"OT is great."
Pros: The patients and the ability to improve their quality of life.
Cons: Some people won't improve despite their best efforts.

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Key Stats for Registered Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries

▲9%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$75,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Registered Occupational Therapist Salaries



▲5%


▼0%

National Average
$75,000

Acute Care
▼4%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 24%
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