Median pay for Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42.42 per hour. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Senior Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction.

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$33.93 - $51.68
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$62,531 - $98,608  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
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$66,365 - $104,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Hourly Rate
$33.93 - $51.68  
   
Overtime
$21.53 - $73.39  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
Total Pay (?
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$66,365 - $104,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Senior Occupational Therapist

Positions as a senior occupational therapist are available in a wide variety of locations, ranging from government departments to senior living homes. Many of these positions require a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Most require relevant experience in a similar environment, in addition to certifications. Most commonly, this includes the National Certification Examination for Registered Occupational Therapists, although requirements vary by position and location.

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Senior 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 Senior Occupational Therapist


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Many Senior Occupational Therapists transition into upper-level roles like Registered Occupational Therapist. However, Registered Occupational Therapists do report a slightly lower median income of $71K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist


Survey takers who work as Senior Occupational Therapists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $68K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $88K. Senior Occupational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Key Stats for Senior Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
043
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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National Average
$85,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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