Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

Median pay for Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42.35 per hour. For the most part, Senior Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$58,734 - $99,198
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MEDIAN: $77,699
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$34.25 - $52.43
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MEDIAN: $42.35
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$58,734 - $99,198  
   
Bonus
$2,250  
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$66,881 - $105,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$34.25 - $52.43  
   
Overtime
$21.85 - $72.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,250  
   
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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$66,881 - $105,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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 move into Registered Occupational Therapist roles. Registered Occupational Therapists seem to make a little less than Senior Occupational Therapists as their salaries average out to $71K a year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist


Survey takers who work as Senior Occupational Therapists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Occupational Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Occupational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Occupational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $87,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Senior Occupational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 57 salaries. A Senior 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 $85,000 based on 41 salaries.

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Key Stats for Senior Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▲4%

▲3%

Rehabilitation
▲1%

Pediatrics
▲1%

National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 17%
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